Halloween Fire Safety

Costumes

  • Purchase costumes that are flame resistant.
  • Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that may easily ignite.
  • When constructing a costume for children, always keep fire safety in mind.
  • Children should not carry candles as a light source or as part of a costume.  Rather, provide your child with a flashlight that can safely light the way.
  • 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 ROLL over and over to extinguish the flames.)

Fireworks

Celebrate wisely this Halloween. Teach children that fireworks are not toys and that if they find fireworks, they should avoid touching them and tell an adult.  It is unsafe for children to pick up fireworks and bring them to an adult.

  • Only adults should discharge fireworks.
  • Be sure to choose a safe area to discharge fireworks.  This safe area should be a bare area of ground away from buildings, overhead obstructions, trees, vehicles, dry grass, and other flammable objects.
  • A large bucket of water, sand, or a garden hose should be ready.
  • Spectators should watch from a safe distance.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars, or buildings.
  • Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting them.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks in a container of water.

Decorations

  • Avoid decorating with candles or torch lights.
  • 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.
  • Purchase and install working smoke alarms, and practice home escape plans.
  • Ensure that all children in your home know the location of the exits should an emergency arise.

Contact

Tel  604.927.5466
Email  fire@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

#1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2M9

Administration Offices Business Hours: 

8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)