Wednesday, October 26, 2016

5 Ways to Stay Fire Safe on Halloween

Bison's 5 ways to stay safe on Haloween

Halloween is coming up fast, and whether you’re spending the day giving out candy, hosting a Halloween get-together for your friends, or taking your little ones out Trick-or-Treating, it’s important to make sure to include fire safety as an essential part of your All Hallows Eve planning.

How can you stay fire safe this Halloween? Keep reading to find out:

1. Be Careful When Choosing Costumes

When choosing costumes, wigs, and accessories for your Halloween costume, make sure to check the labels to see that they are flame-retardant or flame-resistant. That way even if they come into contact with burning candles or lighters, they won’t catch fire.

It’s also important to to make sure that the costumes you purchase have long, trailing sections which may ignite easily. Avoid cloaks and capes which are too big, and sleeves and skirts which are longer than necessary.

2. Be Mindful of Decorations

Some steps you can take are:

  • Keep combustible decorations like corn stalks, crepe paper, and dried flowers away from any heat sources.
  • Avoid crowding exits with decorating materials which could catch on fire and prevent escape.
  • If you’re using candles make sure to use candle holders, decorative candles, and lights which have been certified by the Underwriter’s Laboratory of Canada, or the Canadian Standards Association.

3. Be Cautious with Candles

While using real candles might feel more seasonally appropriate, placing burning candles around your home can create hotspots for potential fires.

Some other candle safety tips are:

  • Never leave candles burning unattended
  • Blow out your candles after four hours of use
  • Cut candle wicks short to prevent high flames
  • Use long matches to light candles inside of Jack-O-Lanterns
  • Keep candles, lighters, and matches out of reach of small children
  • Never leave a child in a room unattended with a burning candle

4. Party Responsibly

Hosting a Halloween party is a great excuse to dress up and get together with friends, but if you’re planning to host a party this season make sure to follow these steps in order to stay safe:

  • Keep exits clear of decorations and never block escape routes
  • Make sure that children and guests know the locations of all exits and the emergency route
  • Double-check your smoke alarms before guests arrive to make sure they are working properly

5. Practice STOP, DROP and ROLL

This is essential fire safety for every person, no matter what your age, but Halloween is a great time to review the steps with your kids and family to make sure that they know exactly what to do in case of a fire.

If your clothes catch on fire you should:

  • STOP immediately. Don’t run or move, as motion can increase the flames.
  • DROP to the ground. Cover your face with your hands when you hit the ground in order to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth from the flames and smoke.
  • ROLL back and forth. Rolling will extinguish the flames; keep rolling until the flames have been extinguished completely. 

Stay safe thanks to the expertise at Bison Fire Protection and call (204) 237-3473 for service today.

Posted by Rob Read at 4:25 PM

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