Safe Halloween Tips
  • Choose the right costume: Use only costumes made of flame retardant material. Teach your children to "Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothes catch on fire.
  • Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping and avoid loose, baggy sleeves, or billowing skirts.
  • Costumes should be made of a light color material to be seen easily. Also, use glow in the dark reflective tape on the costume. Make sure they can be effortlessly seen by drivers. Provide them with glow sticks, flashing lights, and flash lights.
  • Masks can obstruct vision. Consider make-up instead.
  • On Halloween night:
    • To light Jack-O-Lanterns use battery powered lights - never candles.
    • Remind children to stay away from open flames.
    • Remove objects from the yard that present a hazard to children (garden tools, hoses, etc.).
    • Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest-season items. Keep them away from sources of heat. Don't let them block doorways or stairs.
    • Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury.
  • If you are driving on Halloween, take care and watch out for trick-or-treaters who will be too busy to watch out for you.
  • Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Electric lights and decorations used, shall be listed by UL or FM, and shall not be altered. All vegetation shall be flame resistive or flame retardant. IFC 804.3.1, 804.4 and 804.4.1