Public Protection Cabinet
Fire marshal offers Halloween fire safety tips

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-5525  

     Halloween is a fun time for little ghosts and goblins. Parents of the little trick or treaters can make sure that Halloween is a safe, enjoyable evening by taking a few basic steps, according to William Swope, Kentucky State Fire Marshal.


    “A little planning can go a long way toward making sure that your child has a ‘fire-safe’ holiday,” Swope said.


    The planning begins with buying the Halloween costume. Check the labels to make sure your little one’s costume, wig or prop is fire resistant or flame retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that doesn’t ignite easily.


    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these additional tips for the big night:

Ø      Provide your child with a lightweight flashlight to carry around.

Ø      Keep dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper away from heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Ø      Illuminate jack-o’-lanterns with flashlights or battery-operated candles, instead of burning candles.

Ø      Use lights instead of candles or torch lights to decorate sidewalks and yards.

Ø      Instruct your child to stay away from open flames, and to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches on fire.


        More Halloween safety tips are available at the NFPA Web site,