It’s that time of year again when all sorts of ghoulish characters are roaming the streets. Mercifully it’s often just a child, or sometimes an adult, dressing up and celebrating Halloween with their friends.
It is at this time of year though, that hundreds of people get injured in accidents. This Halloween, follow our advice to help reduce your fire risk.
After all, you don’t want Halloween to be scary for the wrong reasons…
1 – Choosing Your Costume
When picking a costume for your little monsters, or yourself, take care with the material and design. Try to pick a material that is flame resistant, as some costumes made with synthetic material are flammable.
And avoid a costume with a train of fabric, as it causes a trip hazard and could catch light on a candle. You can also avoid tripping over any trains by making sure the eye holes of masks are big enough for the wearer to see out of.
2 – Making Your Own Costume
You might have the creative juices flowing, and not been able to find the right costume in the shops.
If you decide to make your own costume, pick a material which is flame resistant and light to wear. Bin liners and plastic capes could easily catch alight, and your creation could go up in flames.
3 – Stop, Drop and Roll
If your clothes catch on fire, then Stop, Drop, and Roll.
It may be an old concept, but it still works, and you should consider teaching it to your children.
You can also get them to practice it with you, as it could be what keeps them calm should such a thing happen.
4 – Make Sure You’re Seen, Safely
Avoid walking around the streets carrying a lighted candle, even if it is part of your costume. There are many safe alternatives you could use instead.
Make sure you take a good torch out with you. The Flaresafe torch also comes with an SOS alarm, so it can also help to keep you safe should something happen.
Failing that, get your kids to walk around with glowsticks, which is both safe and fun.
5 – Lighting The Pumpkin
There are different ways to light a carved pumpkin, instead of using a lighted flame.
You could use a battery candle, or make some spooky effects with a torch that will project the shapes you cut out.
If you still want to use a candle, use a small tea light which will still give plenty of light and remain safe.
6 – Candle Safety
Make sure you never leave a candle unattended, as they could cause anything to catch on fire.
It is also important to teach children to not get too close or touch a flame, so they don’t burn themselves.
And when you go bed, make sure that all the candles are fully extinguished so you can sleep soundly.
7 – Decorating For Your Party
If you’re having a party, take care when putting up your decorations. You want to make your home look hauntingly beautiful, but you want to keep it safe too.
Avoid putting decorations above a candle, and take care to not block any exits.
If you’re putting up lights, check that they’re in good working condition and that you’re not overloading your power sockets.
8 – Have An Evacuation Plan
If you are having a party, then have a plan of action should a fire break out in your home.
Hopefully, you won’t need to put it into action, but it doesn’t hurt to be a well-prepared host.
Know what exits to direct everyone out of, and have an idea of where everyone is to make an evacuation quick and smooth.
9 – Check Your Home Fire Safety Equipment
This is a good excuse to check your smoke alarms are still in working order.
It’s this time of year when you’re more at risk of a house fire, so you want to make sure you’re warned quickly if something happened.
Many people like to change their batteries at the same time as they alter the clocks, which will happen the week of Halloween.
10 – Be Safe and Stay Safe
Ultimately, it is important to make sure you enjoy your Halloween celebrations, whatever you end up doing.
Make sure you stay safe, and don’t take any unnecessary risks.
We hope you have a happy Halloween!
…And try to not eat too many sweets.