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Halloween Safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association

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halloween face paint is safer than maskIt’s almost time for witches, ghosts and goblins to appear at parties and on neighborhood streets in search of fun and treats.

In order to make the Halloween holiday safe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends the following Halloween safety tips.

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pumpkin button Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid billowing or long trailing features.

pumpkin buttonDried 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, heaters, etc.

pumpkin buttonUse flashlights when illuminating Jack-o-lanterns. Use extreme caution when decorating with candle lit Jack-O-Lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside Jack-O-Lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn including doorsteps, walkways and yards.

pumpkin buttonRemember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.

pumpkin buttonUse flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.

pumpkin button Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire. (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames.)

pumpkin button Instruct children who are attending parties at others' homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

pumpkin buttonProvide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costumes.

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NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.

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NFPA Mission: Reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. More about NFPA.

Issued: October 20, 2006

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