Halloween Fire Safety


Use flashlights and battery-operated candles instead of decorating with candles, and keep candles away from anything that can burn such as decorations, doorsteps, costumes and curtains.

Never leave a burning candle unattended or burn candles for more than four hours at a time.

Cut candle wicks short to prevent high flame and use long matches to light candles inside jack-o-lanterns.

Keep candles, matches and lighters out of reach of children. Do not allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms and never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle.

Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. For maximum protection also install smoke alarms in bedrooms.


Choose Halloween costumes, wigs and accessories that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that may easily ignite. When constructing a costume for children, always keep fire safety in mind.

Educate children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources. Ensure that children know how to perform STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothes catch on fire.

If your clothes catch on fire:

  • STOP immediately
  • DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands
  • ROLL over and over to extinguish the flames


Ensure that combustible Halloween decorations such as crepe paper, cornstalks and dried flowers are kept well away from sources of heat. Keep all exits clear of decorating materials. Decorative candles, candle holders, lights and other decorations should be certified by a recognized organization such as the Canadian Standards Association or the Underwriters’ of Laboratory of Canada.