In honor of October being Fire Prevention Month, the team at American Security is giving you our top tips for fire and Halloween safety to ensure you and your family are extra safe this year.
- Shop for Halloween costumes that cover the face and are flame-resistant.
Now that masks are the new normal, it is more opportune than ever to wear a Halloween costume that includes a mask or face covering.
Additionally, we recommend that individuals shop for costumes and accessories that are flame-resistant, to prevent them from catching fire during this season when candles, fireplaces, and heaters are used more often.
- Make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries.
In the event of a fire, you want to be sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Prevention is extremely important for safety!
- Don’t let young children handle sharp appliances when carving pumpkins.
Keep this fun and festive activity extra safe by ensuring any sharp pumpkin-carving tools are out of reach from young children. Children can outline their designs with markers, and leave the carving to an adult!
- Opt for an electric candle. If using a real candle, make sure it’s on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
Everybody loves lighting a pumpkin spice scented candle during the fall season, but candles cause over 15,000 house fires every year. To be extra safe, consider using a battery-powered candle instead. If not, make sure your candle is placed on a steady and tidy surface where it’s unlikely to tip over and set other materials aflame.
- Vet your child’s costume for sharp or cumbersome objects.
Swords, canes, and sticks that come with many conventional Halloween costumes may pose a hazard to children. Make sure any accessorizing objects to a child’s costume aren’t too sharp or too long, in case they stumble or trip when walking around with it.
- Keep any open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing device.
For optimal fire safety, it is recommended to keep any candles or open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing appliance like a furnace, fireplace, or space heater.
- Avoid candles if oxygen is used in the household.
Oxygen administered for medical purposes is a dangerous fire hazard since oxygen can feed a fire. If oxygen is used by a member of your household, we advise avoiding candles altogether.
Use these safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween this season!
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