Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.
Kids are more than twice as likely to get hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Don't let the spookiness of Halloween turn tragic. Protect your little ghosts and goblins with these simple reminders...
The Costume: Choose a costume that doesn't have long, trailing fabric, and make sure eye holes in any face coverings or masks are large enough to see in all directions.
Be Visible: Carry flashlights and glow sticks. Reflective tape on dark costumes also helps. There are lots of cars and people out on Halloween night, and lots of distractions. Make sure drivers see your kids, and, if you are driving, be sure to stay alert.
Avoid Candles: Consider using a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If using a real candle, make sure pumpkins are placed well away from walkways and steps, and in a a place where they can't be tipped over or catch fire to costumes, decorations or accessories.
Supervise Kids: Stay in neighborhoods you know. Go out in groups and with an adult.
Check Treats: Throw away anything that looks suspicious, is partially opened or is homemade.
Clear Exits: Avoid blocking escape routes with decorations or other items.
Check Smoke Alarms: Make sure all smoke alarms are working and not past their expiration dates.