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Sacramento, CA– With Halloween fastly approaching, CAL Fire is reminding everyone to celebrate safely.

Candle fires are one of the leading causes of home fires and occur more frequently on Halloween, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Candle decorations combined with flowing costumes can create an increased risk of fire.

CAL Fire urges the public to follow these Halloween safety tips:

Trick-or-Treating
• Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
• Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility.
• Review how to cross a street with your child. Look left, right, and left again to be sure no cars are approaching before crossing the street.
• Remind children to stay together as a group when walking from house to house.

Costumes
• Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or flame retardant material. Fire resistant does not mean fireproof.
• Apply reflective tape to Halloween costumes.
• Masks can obstruct vision. Consider using make-up instead.
• Avoid loose, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
• Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping.

Decorations
• Keep decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
• Remove objects from the yard that could present a tripping hazard (garden tools, hoses, etc.)

For more Halloween safety ideas or other fire safety tips, visit www.fire.ca.gov.

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