TFD Halloween Safety Precautions

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Press Release: Tallahassee Fire Department

Tallahassee, FL, October 28, 2013 -- Planning ahead can make this Halloween a safe one. The Tallahassee Fire Department reminds you that taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

Follow these safety tips for a happy and fire-safe Halloween:

  • When choosing a costume, make sure the label says “Flame Resistant.” Flame Resistant means the costume will be hard to catch on fire and if it does, the fire will go out fast.

  • If you make a costume, try not to make one that is big and baggy so that the material doesn’t touch candles or other flames. Be sure the eye holes are large enough for your child to see out.

  • Use flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester and nylon. These materials will resist burning if exposed to a flame.

  • Kids should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating. Always use a flashlight, flameless candle, or light stick.

  • Don’t use candles for decorations. They’re dangerous, especially when left unattended.

  • Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for the latest on

  • Halloween-related consumer product recalls.

  • For more fire safety information visit

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