Every Halloween, potentially flammable costumes and improperly-used decorations contribute to a significant increase in burn-related injuries, home fires and accidents. With about 1,170 home structure fires beginning with decorations, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety, is sharing family-friendly ideas on how to help keep your family safe this Halloween.

UL suggests reviewing these easy-to-follow safety steps:

Say Boo! to Unsafe Costumes

Be sure to purchase or make safe costumes. It may be advisable to avoid costumes with fuzz and frill, as well as ones that dangle. Make sure your child knows how to stop, drop and roll in case his/her costume catches fire, as some costumes are highly flammable.

Beware of Candles!

Candles, especially in a Jack O’ Lantern, should be off the ground and out of children’s reach. Try battery-operated LED candles for an even safer option.

Don’t Shock Your Lights

Be sure to look for the UL Mark on both indoor or outdoor use light strings. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage. Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples.

Keep Hungry Monsters from Feeding

Never let your kids eat Halloween candy before you inspect it in the light at home. Even if you know your neighbors, you should always check to be safe and throw away open candy or anything that may look suspicious.

If you are looking for a Halloween safety expert, we’re happy to coordinate with John Drengenberg, Consumer Safety Director for UL, to provide practical insights.