To make the most of your Halloween this season, there are several ways to help you and your family stay fire safe. “Taking simple precautions, like making sure costumes and home decorations are flame-resistant, can help prevent injuries and fires,” says State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends practicing these safety habits for a fire safe and happy Halloween:
- Check the label! Purchase costumes and decorations made of “flame-resistant” materials. Flame-resistant means the materials are designed to resist burning and withstand heat.
- Avoid baggy or long trailing costumes. Use make-up rather than masks which could obstruct vision.
- Instruct children to stay away from open flames and other heat sources. Be sure children know to “Stop, Drop and Roll” if their clothing ever catches fire.
- Always carry lightweight flashlights or glow sticks when trick-or-treating.
- Choose battery-operated candles or flashlights when decorating your home; never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns.
- Keep home decorations away from open flames and heat sources; use extreme caution with highly flammable decorations such as cornstalks and hay bales.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, never block escape routes.
- If attending a Halloween party, be aware of your surroundings and know how to escape in case of an emergency.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.