Fire safety tips for Halloween and Bonfire Night

Halloween fire safety tips

By planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a firesafe one…

  • When choosing a costume, avoid long trailing fabric.
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, ask them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns.
  • If you use a real candle, use with extreme caution.
  • Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
  • When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns; use long, replace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Decorations are the first things to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
  • Ensure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. Get them to practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.

Bonfire night fire safety tips

Have fun, stay safe and attend an organised display. Bonfire night can be great fun for all the family but it is important that you celebrate safely…

  • Build bonfires in a safe location, away from danger.
  • Ensure that your bonfire is stable and remember to never light it with a flammable liquid.
  • Keep everyone well back from open fires and ensure children are supervised at all times.
  • Always pour water on the embers before leaving the bonfire at the end of the bonfire party.
  • Always keep your fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time. And remember children should not have access to or be near fireworks.
  • Always follow the instructions when using fireworks and if it is dark always read them by torchlight and never by a naked flame.
  • Ensure you only buy fireworks from reputable retailers.
  • Always light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper. You must never return to a lit firework and never throw a spent firework on a bonfire.
  • Always hold sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves when handling them. Once the sparklers are out make sure you put them in a bucket of water.
  • Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old and remember, never run with sparklers.

Contact one of our dedicated team members for further advice.