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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

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Halloween is just two days away and that means pumpkins, trick-or-treaters and candles.

Data from the U.S. Fire Administration shows 10,300 fires typically occur during the three-day period around Halloween, causing about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.

Keep Halloween safe with a few fire safety tips:

-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.

-Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their faces with their hands, and rolling over and over.)

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