STATE FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE NEWS RELEASE-Halloween should be a time for fun and celebration so take the time to plan ahead for the safety of your little ghouls and goblins to make this Halloween a fire safe one. “Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” says State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends practicing these safety habits for a safe and happy Halloween:

· Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that will not easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

· Provide children with lightweight flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.

· Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources.

· Use flashlights or battery-operated candles as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating. Use extreme caution when decorating with candlelit Jack-o-lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit.

· Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.

· Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know to Stop, Drop and Roll in the event their clothing catches fire.