State Fire Marshal encourages fire safety this Halloween

Contact: Jennifer Bowen
(334) 269-3550


State Fire Marshal Scott Pilgreen encourages all of Alabama’s ghosts and goblins to keep safety in mind when trick-or-treating this Halloween. 
“The only frightening part of Halloween should be the scary costumes,” Pilgreen said.  “A little bit of planning ahead of time can ensure a safer, happier Halloween for everyone.”  
Here are a few tips.  
Costumes should be tailored appropriately, so children don’t trip. Avoid long, flowing material, which can be a fire hazard if it comes in contact with a flame. When shopping for costumes, look for labels that say it is flame resistant. Ensure that eye holes on masks are large enough for kids to see well.
Flashlights are the perfect Halloween accessory. They not only help light the steps of trick-or-treaters but also make them visible to others. 
Light jack-o-lanterns with battery-powered candles or glow sticks to avoid the risk of fire. If using a real flame, place the pumpkin away from doorsteps and walkways to prevent kids in costumes from accidentally brushing up against a flame. 
Fall decorations like corn stalks and hay bales are flammable and should be kept away from heat sources that could ignite them. 
Don’t clutter your front porch or doorstep with decorations. Exits to a home should be clear to serve as an escape route if needed. 
Make sure kids know how to stop, drop and roll in case of an emergency. 
Have a safe and happy Halloween.