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KFR quick tips to help ensure a safe and fun Halloween

October 29, 2019 -

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) reminds residents to think about fire prevention and safety this Oct. 31.

"Halloween is a fun time of year, that all ages look forward to. We've prepared a list of tips that we ask all residents to take a few minutes to review and then act upon," says KFR's Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski.

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. 

Safety While Trick-Or-Treating

  • The best costumes are fire retardant and reflective. Keep costumes short, and avoid loose clothing 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.  

"We wish all Kingstonians a fun and safe Halloween," says Posadowski.