Cheshire firefighters don’t want to spoil the treats to be had on Hallowe'en but we want to warn people of the potential dangers that can be faced from fire.

Hallowe'en - fire safety tips

  • Plastic capes and bin liners are often used as costumes - keep them away from candles or other naked flames

  • Use battery operated lights within homemade lanterns and pumpkins. Battery operated lights are much safer than candles.

  • Take extra care with candles - they are extremely hazardous. If the candle tips over it could set light to materials such as costumes, curtains, clothes and furniture and start a serious fire.

Candle fire safety advice

If clothing catches fire - stop, drop and roll

In the event that clothing does catch fire - remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL:

  • Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things worse.

  • Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight.

  • Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.

  • Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.

  • Get help straight away.

Please share the video below with Children - it explains how to STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Cool, call and cover

Candle fire safety tips

If you do plan to use candles, here are some safety tips to use candles safely:

  • Always extinguish candles before moving them.

  • Always use a suitable holder when burning candles

  • Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame. 

  • Candles should always be sited out of the reach of children and pets.

  • Put candles on a heat-resistant surface (note - TVs are not fire resistant objects).

  • Extinguish candles before you leave a room and never go to sleep with a candle still burning.

Last updated: Friday, 27 October 2023