Halloween Safety Tips
The Massachusets State Fire Marshal offers the following tips
for a safe and happy Halloween:
- Children should carry a flashlight
and their costumes should be bright-colored or have
reflective tape to highlight them.
- Be sure all parts of the costume are labeled
- Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long
enough to cause falls.
- Pointed objects such as swords and devils' forks should
be made of soft material.
- If your child wears a mask instead of make-up on their
face, double check that the eye holes are large
enough to see through clearly.
- Children should wear sturdy shoes and
temperature appropriate clothing underneath their
- Use a small flashlight instead of a candle.
- Only use flame-proof crepe paper.
- Keep dried leaves and cornstalks away from all
flames and heat sources.
- Make sure your own home is well-lit and
that there is a clear path to your door.
Bicycles and lawn furniture can trip youngsters in the
- Throw out anything that appears tampered with,
home-made foods, or home-packaged foogs unless you are
certain of the source.
- Inspect fruit closely and take away treats taht may not
be age-appropriate. Young children may choke on things
like hard candy or peanuts.
- Firecrackers, cherry bombs, and party poppers cause many
injuries and fires on Halloween. These are dangerous and
should not be used by children, teens or adults. Besides
the physical danger and the fire hazards involved, fireworks
are illegal in Massachusetts.
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
- Each year around Halloween, we turn the clocks back one
hour. This is a good time to change the batteries
in your smoke detectors. This year, buy
batteries along with your halloween candy, and on
Saturday, October 25th, change your clocks
and change your batteries.
Trick or Treating
- Smaller children should always be with an adult. It's
best to take little ones out early.
- If older children are going out without you, go
over the ground rules first!
- Know what neighborhoods they will be in.
- Don't allow them in areas with which you are not
- Have children stay in a group.
- Let them know what time to be home.
- Give them change to use the telephone if
Instruct Children to:
- Use sidewalks.
- Cross only at the corners, never dart out between parked
- Cover one side of the street at a time,
- Never go inside someone's home, unless it's a friend's.
- Never accept a ride in a car.
- Only approach houses where the outside lights are
on as a signal of welcome.
- Bring bags home to be checked by an adult before
eating a single treat.
Needham Fire Department
Fire Prevention Bureau
88 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02192
Stephen D. Coan, State Fire
Department of Fire Services
1010 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215