Halloween Safety: "Trick or Treat"


Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
fire-rescue.PA-LSE@fairfaxcounty.gov

News Release 13-113
Date:  October 21, 2013

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will soon be coming out all over the area. Halloween is a festive occasion that we need to celebrate safely.

Traditional jack-o-lanterns with candles are a tremendous fire hazard. A better way to light up your jack-o-lantern is to use a small string of holiday lights with yellow and red flashing bulbs. Additionally, small battery-powered candles can be used.

You've now created a "fire safe" jack-o-lantern that will send a chill down every goblin's spine.

If your children are preparing to go trick-or-treating, take these safety precautions:

  • Make sure all costumes are flame retardant. Most commercial costumes are made of flame-retardant material and you should ask your fabric shop for flame-retardant material if you make your own costume.
  • Make sure your children can see and be seen. Expand the eye holes in commercial masks to improve peripheral vision. Add reflective tape to costumes to make them more visible to motorists.
  • Ensure that each trick-or-treater has a working flashlight.
  • Tell the children to remove their masks and look both ways before they cross a street.
  • Never let a group of children trick-or-treat alone. Adult supervision is a safety "must" during Halloween.
  • Tell Kids to stay away from candles and jack-o'-lanterns that may be on steps and porches. Their costumes could catch fire if they get too close.
  • Kids should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating. Always use a flashlight, flameless candle, or light stick.
  • Tell kids to let you know right away if they see other kids playing with matches or lighters.

Let's keep all our gremlins, ghosts, and ghouls safe to enjoy another Halloween celebration next year.

Make Halloween a TREAT, not a TRICK!


For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
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