While choosing a costume for your child can be fun, it’s important to choose wisely. Look for “flame resistant” costumes that are brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to motorists. Trick-or-treat bags should also be brightly colored or decorated with reflective tape.
The CPSC also encourages parents and caregivers to:
- Use flameless candles for jack-o’-lanterns and other decorations.
- Only use decorative light strands (indoors or outdoors). Be sure a recognized testing laboratory has tested your decorative lights. You can find this information on the packaging.
According to the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments over a three-day period around Halloween between 2011 and 2013. Stay safe with additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Safety page or this USFA Halloween Safety video.
This information was provided by FEMA and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Dan Satterfield.