State Fire Marshall says: Have a fire safe Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


To make the most of your Halloween this season, the State Fire Marshall suggests several ways to help you and your family stay fire safe.

“Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” says State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends practicing these safety habits for a safe and happy Halloween:
  • Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant.  When creating a costume, choose material that will not easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • Provide children with lightweight flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.  Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources.
  • Use flashlights or battery-operated candles as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating.  Use extreme caution when decorating with candlelit Jack-o-lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources.  Be sure children know to Stop, Drop and Roll in the event their clothing catches fire.


The Office of the State Fire Marshal is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, and training Washington State’s firefighters.


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