Fire Safety Tips

Staying Safe During Halloween

  • Choose costumes that are bright or reflective and don’t drag on the ground.
  • Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
  • Ensure kids can see clearly through masks.
  • Use battery-operated candles for jack-o-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and fireworks out of children’s reach.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Expect the unexpected – slow down and look for pedestrians. The chance of a serious or fatal collision increases when there are lots of kids and teens out on the streets.
  • There will be more foot traffic on Halloween night and most of it will be excited young children, so give yourself extra time to navigate residential streets and be especially mindful while driving.

Halloween  Health During COVID

The BC Centre for Disease Control provides the following tips to help avoid spreading the coronavirus this Halloween:

  • Skip Halloween parties this year and socialize within your social or family bubble.
  • Try including a mask or face-covering in costumes, and wear one if handing out candy or if you can’t distance from others.
  • Trick-or-treat in groups of up to six people, and maintain distance from both other trick-or-treaters and those handing out candy. 
  • Stick to your neighbourhood, and respect homes with the lights out by staying away.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently throughout the evening, whether giving or receiving treats.
  • If handing out treats, consider tongs, a baking sheet or a candy slide to keep your distance from trick-or-treaters. Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged treats.
  • Consider standing outside to give out treats to prevent children from crowding doorways and having to knock or ring bells. 
  • Disinfect door knobs, handrails and other high-touch surfaces often throughout the evening.

See the Social Interactions section at bccdc.ca/covid19 for more tips.

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

Knowing the top causes of fires is a good way to start learning how to prevent fires. Did you know that cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home? Heating, electrical, smoking and candles are also among the top five causes.

You can also help prevent fire damage and injury by ensuring your family is prepared for a fire emergency by developing a home fire escape plan, and installing and regularly inspecting both smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

To reduce the types of fires mentioned above and to learn more about how to prepare for a fire emergency, check out all the resources listed below.

  1. Top 5 Fire Causes
  2. Smoke Alarms
  3. Escape Planning
  4. Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  5. Fire Safety for Kids

Knowing the top causes of fires is a good way to start learning how to prevent fires. Cooking is the Number 1 cause of fires in the home. Heating, electrical, smoking and candles are also among the top five causes. To reduce these types of fires, follow these simple steps.

Cooking

Help prevent cooking fires by staying in the kitchen while using the stove. Never leave your cooking, including the barbecue unattended! Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels - away from your stovetop. And never put water on a grease/oil fire!

Heating

Ensure that heaters are plugged directly in to the wall and that they are kept 3 feet/1 meter away from anything that can burn. Turn heaters off when you leave the room.

Electrical

Do not overload electrical outlets, ensure cords are in good condition without cracks or repairs, and do not put cords under carpets. Extension cords and power bars should be used as a temporary measure only.

Smoking

Smoking should be done outside only, and cigarettes shall be extinguished using a designated ashtray or water. Never try to extinguish cigarettes in garden soil or plant pots.

Candles

Choose flameless candles. If you must use candles, keep them on a flat, non-combustible surface, away from anything that can burn, and never leave them unattended.

More Information

For more information on how to keep your home and family safe, visit the National Fire Protection Association website. There, you can access Safety Tip Sheets and Safety Tip Sheets in Other Languages.