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Six Smart Halloween Safety Tips

Children love the costumes, treats and friendly frights of Halloween parties and going door to door. These can be safe and fun activities for all of us, even younger children. But the National Association of State Fire Marshals wants parents to know that flames can quickly ruin Halloween festivities.

You can keep your child safe from fire and burn injuries by following these six tips:

  1. Children are naturally drawn to glowing jack-o’-lanterns and other flickering lights. Instead of flames, use battery-powered candles or flashlights to decorate. Lit candle flames can burn children. If children come too close to the flame, their clothing can catch on fire. Battery-powered candles are the safer choice.

  2. Make sure that all decorations are kept away from flames and other types of heat.

  3. Keep all matches and lighters locked up. They should be in a high place out of your child’s reach. Teach young children that they must not touch or play with these tools, ever. If they find matches or lighters, they should tell an adult where they are.

  4. Choose a costume with fire safety in mind. Fabric can catch fire if children walk close to flames. Avoid loose fabric and features that dangle or drag behind the child. Keep costume sleeves tight. Look for a fabric label that reads “flame-resistant” or “flame-retardant.” Keep a close eye on your child. Even flame-resistant fabric can burn.

  5. Never let children play with or carry lit candles. Give each child a flashlight to carry while trick-or-treating. Check porches for lit candles, torches and other flames before letting children approach the door.

  6. The last tip is the most important: Young children need adult supervision at all times. Stay alert. Watch children closely at parties and as they go door to door.
For additional fire safety and burn prevention information and outreach materials, visit the U.S. Fire Administration.

Fire Prevention Week

Today's homes burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you many have as little as one to two minutes to escape safety from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice. 

October 7 -13 is Fire Prevention Week. Sponsored by NFPA for more than 90 years, this year's theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. 

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1,000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10% higher in 2016 than in 1980.

This year's "Look. Listen. Learn." campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely  escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.

In a fire, every second counts. It is important to know what to do if there is a fire. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. The checklists below can help you prepare.

Fire Safety Checklist for Homeowners
Keep Your Home Safe From Fire
Know Two Ways Out
Prevent a Fire From Starting

New NASFM Board

At our Annual Conference, new Board members were elected and sworn in. Please join us in congratulating President Julius Halas, Vice President Jim Greeson, Secretary-Treasure Michael Desrochers, Immediate Past President H. Butch Browning, and Directors  Brian Geraci, Jeff Hussey, Mike Morgan, and Coy Porter.  We appreciate the service of each member and look forward to a productive year! 

2018 Hurricane Season Preparations

Hurricane Florence and others this year have made for a busy hurricane season. While we are well into the season, it's never too late to make a plan to keep your family safe.  Fire prevention and safety should be a key part of every household hurricane safety plan.  

For more information on how to prepare, please click HERE to download more tips on storm preparations. Be safe!

New Mailing Address

Please note our new mailing address and forward all future correspondence to this address.  Thank you!

National Association of State Fire Marshals
P.O. Box 948238
Maitland, FL 32794

News from NASFM

  • The 2018 NASFM Annual Conference will be held at the Grand Summit Hotel in Park City Utah, August 13th - 15th.
  • 2016 Life Safety Achievement Awards Recipients have been announced.  View the winners here.
  • New Principal Members:

    New Jersey: Richard Mikutsky, State Fire Marshal

    Pennsylvania: Bruce Trego, State Fire Marshal

    New Hampshire: Paul Parisi, State Fire Marshal

    Tennessee: Gary Farley, State Fire Marshal

    Rhode Island: Timothy McLaughlin, State Fire Marshal

    North Dakota: Doug Nelson, State Fire Marshal

Upcoming Events


7-13 - Fire Prevention Week
16-20 - Firehouse Expo
21-23 - ICC Conference

National Association of State Fire Marshals
PO Box 948238
Maitland, FL  32794
Phone: 202.737.1226

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