BFRS Provide Halloween Fire Safety Tips

October 28, 2017

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS] has released a Halloween Fire Safety Tips sheet, urging parents to “make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters.”

The safety information said, “When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.

“Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

“Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

“Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.”

Halloween Fire Safety Tips Bermuda Oct 2017

“Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

“Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

“Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. [Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.]

“If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.”

The BFRS Halloween Fire Safety Tip Sheet follows below [PDF here]:

Halloween Safety Tips Bermuda Oct 2017

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