Whether going out trick-or-treating or staying in to welcome guests for a party, there are plenty of ways to make sure everyone stays safe while having fun.
- Keep dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper and other decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like lightbulbs or heaters.
- Make sure decorations and costumes are flame-resistant.
- Use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.
- Watch children at all times when they are around lit candles or active fire pits.
- Extinguish all candles and fire pits prior to going to bed.
Trick or Treat safety:
- Avoid costumes with long, trailing fabric that can cause trips and falls or catch fire if it comes too close to a lit candle or active fire pit.
- Make sure masks do not obstruct vision.
- Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry.
- Affix reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters.
- Accompany children while trick-or-treating, and be extra cautious crossing streets at dusk and after dark.
- Visit only well-lit houses.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats.
- Make sure decorations do not obstruct walkways, steps or doorways.
- Keep exit paths clear.
- Do not drink and drive or toke and drive.
- Remind guests to drive sober and watch out for trick-or-treaters.
Sources: National Fire Protection Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention