Fire safety tips to remember as Halloween approaches | SierraSun.com

Fire safety tips to remember as Halloween approaches

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LAKE TAHOE and#8212; Halloween is a fun and spooky time for kids, and just by planning ahead a little, you can make sure it’s also a safe one for them. Make trick or treating safe with a few easy safety tips.

First, select a costume that is labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Avoid costumes with long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, please make sure the eye holes are large enough so the can properly see out.

Be sure your child knows how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. Ask them to practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands and rolling over and over to smother and put out the flames.

Use a flashlight or glow stick to provide lighting to see while trick or treating and always accompany your child.

Make sure decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks or anything flammable are well away from all open flames and heat sources such as light bulbs and heaters.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in carved jack-o-lanterns.

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For these and more Halloween Safety Tips, please visit the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org.