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Safety Tips from the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council

Halloween Fire and Costume Safety

Halloween is a time of play, decorations, dress-up and trick-or-treating. But with this excitement comes the risk of fires and burns from ignition sources such as candles and jack-o-lanterns, if they come into even momentary contact with certain Halloween costumes.

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) provides this fire safety message in the hope of reducing fires and burn injuries during Halloween festivities. Candle fires are, sadly, all too common. Fire data show that nationally about 3,400 candle-related burn injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year.  Concern rises from the increased exposure to candle fires around Halloween, with children – and increasingly adults - wearing loose-fitting, baggy or billowing costumes. These costumes ignite and burn fiercely, resulting in a very real risk of serious burn injuries.

For increased Halloween fire safety, follow this costume safety advice from NASFM:

Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212