Fire hazards, falling injuries among Halloween risks

  • Fire hazards, falling injuries among Halloween risks

    Want to start a fire on Halloween? Use an open flame to illuminate your pumpkin, and stick the pumpkin someplace wobbly and near curtains. Then leave it unattended. Actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics says to consider lighting your pumpkin with a flashlight or glow stick. If you insist on a candle, use a votive - and display it on a sturdy table away from flammable objects. Flickr/Raul Isado

    Prevent fires and burns

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    This Halloween, the CPSC advises picking flame-retardant materials such as nylon and polyester when buying or making costumes and accessories. Look for the label "flame resistant."

    The agency also says to choose battery-operated candles and lights instead of open-flame candles. If you do use candles, keep candles and Jack-o'-Lantern away from landings and doorsteps, where costumes could brush against the flame. When indoors, keep burning candles away from curtains, decorations, and other items that could ignite.

    Never leave burning candles unattended.