For Immediate Release - October 23, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Coan offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including using battery-operated candles and flashlights for a safer Halloween.

Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations & Treats

  • Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.
  • Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant and only use flameproof crepe paper.
  • Keep decorations like cornstalks away from heat sources.
  • Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks and their costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them so drivers can see them.
  • Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause falls.
  • Throw out any treats that appear tampered with or are home-packaged foods unless you’re certain of the source.
  • Don’t use fireworks - they are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts!
  • Adults should escort children around the neighborhood.
  • Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners as more children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day.

For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at, click on Halloween Safety, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.