Keep Halloween fun by being fire-safe

Spokane Fire Department offers fire safety tips

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.

The Spokane Fire Department is reminding citizens to be safe this Halloween. The latest data shows that there are 10,300 fires nationwide during the three-day period around Halloween. These fires cause about 25 deaths, 125 injuries, and $83 million in property loss.

Here are some tips to keep in mind to help keep the Spokane community safer this Halloween:

  • Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
  • If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
  • Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.
  • Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.
  • Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations.