Fire Safety No Trick on Halloween

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> Jackson, MS – As tiny ghosts, goblins, pirates, cowboys, and princesses prepare for trick-or-treating this Halloween weekend, Commissioner of Insurance and
> State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney reminds parents that fire safety is no trick on Halloween.
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> The latest data from the United States Fire Administration shows that between 2011 and 2013 there were 10,300 fires during the three-day period around
> Halloween that caused about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.
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> “A child’s safety should always come first on Halloween. We should help our communities have a safe Halloween holiday by practicing fire safety,” Chaney said
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> The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends these fire safety tips for this weekend’s festivities:
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> • Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
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> • If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
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> • Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.
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> • Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.
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> • Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern.
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> • Keep exits clear of decorations.
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> For more information about Halloween fires and fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration’s website . Safety tips will also be available by following
> MID on Twitter – @MSInsuranceDept and on Facebook at Mississippi Insurance Department.
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