Booo! Have a Spooky, Safe Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips

  1. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  2. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  3. Always trick-or-treat with a group.
  4. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  5. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Smoking Fires Are Deadly

Every year, smokers are killed in home fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes, cigars and pipes. A lit cigarette accidentally dropped onto a chair or bed can cause a large fire in seconds.

Home fires caused by smoking materials have killed others living in the same home who were not smoking. If you live with a smoker, learn how you can help prevent fires caused by smoking materials.

Putting out a cigarette the right way only takes seconds. It is up to you to make sure your cigarette is put out, all the way, every time.


  1. If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  2. Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of  children, in a locked cabinet.
  3. Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  4. Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  5. Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Sources: United States Fire Administration & National Fire Protection Association

Cooking Can Be Deadly

Cooking fires are the leading cause of fire related injury in the United States. In face, nearly 480 people die every year from kitchen fires.

Step 3: Keep Your Kitchen Safe

Cook With Caution

  1. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove-top.
  2. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  3. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove-top.

If You Have a Cooking Fire

  1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  2. Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  4. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  5. For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Download Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Smoke Detectors Are No Joke!

Did you know nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke detectors?  Is your smoke detector more than 10 years old?  Replace it!


  1. Install smoke detectors in every bedroom.
  2. For best protection use both ionization and photoelectric detectors.
  3. Place a smoke detector about 10 feet away from cooking appliances.
  4. Replace batteries twice a year.
  5. Test smoke detectors once-a-month.

Working smoke detectors give you an early warning so you can get out quickly.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

What is 24 minutes anyway?

What is 24 minutes? Well, 24 minutes is how often someone is killed or injured by fire in the United States. It’s Fire Prevention Week and we’re here to keep your family safe.


The most important way to keep your family safe is to prepare and practice an escape plan.  Below are some resources to help.

Escape Planning Toolkit
Escape Planning Tips
How to Make an Escape Plan
Home Escape Checklist

Stay tuned all week for more life-saving tips!

Source: National Fire Protection Association