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Kingston Fire & Rescue offers Halloween fire prevention and safety tips

October 26, 2017

Kingston Fire & Rescue reminds residents to think about fire prevention and safety this Halloween.

 

"Most importantly, we'd like to remind Kingstonians to always keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children," says Tracey LeBlanc, fire inspector.

Safety At Home

Never use candles in decorative paper bags or jack-o-lanterns – instead, use battery-operated lights or glow sticks.

If you absolutely must use a candle, use a tea light in a non-combustible holder and never leave it unattended. Place candlelit pumpkins on sturdy tables or surfaces away from areas that may come in contact with costumes, curtains or other combustible materials. Always keep children and pets away from candles.

It is important to never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects and to always keep exit doors unobstructed. 

It's also time to go back to Standard Time and test all of your smoke alarms (change your clocks – change your batteries). You must have a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements may result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

Safety While Trick-Or-Treating

The best costumes are fire retardant and reflective. If possible, keep costumes short, and avoid loose clothing and capes to reduce the chance of tripping and to minimize the risk of contact with candles.

Teach children to STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothing catch fire: STOP immediately, DROP to the ground and cover face, and ROLL over and over to extinguish the flames.

Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight with fresh batteries or glow sticks and refresh traffic safety rules.  Be extra careful when driving and accompany children when they go out trick-or-treating.  

Be safe and have fun.

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