Halloween Safety: Tips from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal

Halloween is coming, and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds Illinoisans that two out of every five fires are started by candles. Tips on how to maintain child safety and family security in places where candles are burning, or other fires are smoking, are included in the OSFM’s Halloween Safety Tips.

Writing in alliance with law enforcement, OSFM also warns us against unsafe non-fire behavior. When trick or treating, children can wear glowing segments or glow-sticks as parts of their costumes. Their masks, if they wear them, should have large eyeholes to see clearly in all directions. Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights to light their way and to shine at approaching strangers.

Most important of all, trick-or-treating children and their families should exercise extreme care when walking along or crossing streets at night.