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.

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.

Transcript - stop drop and roll video (new window, PDF 84KB)

 Video - stop, drop and roll (new window, Movie 29247KB)

Cool, call and cover

Cool, call and cover (new window, Movie 10236KB)

Transcript - cool, call and cover (new window, PDF 316KB)

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: Thursday, 11 May 2023