Are your Halloween traditions a trick or a treat?  Our illustrated tip sheet will let you know if real danger is lurking in your Halloween décor 


  • Costumes can catch fire! Avoid costumes with billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costumes, choose fire-resistant materials. 
  • Never use electrical products outdoors that are marked “for indoor use.” You could get shocked – or worse!
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, hay, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep them away from open flames and other heat sources – including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • Never block exits or escape routes. 


  • Always inspect each decoration before use and discard any with cracked, frayed, or bare wires. 
  • Use only electrical lights and decorations that are approved for safe use by a nationally tested laboratory such as UL, Intertek (ETL), or CSA.
  • Always turn off electrical decorations and extinguish any open flames before leaving home or going to bed. 
  • Use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you must use a real candle, use extreme caution as it can start a fire or burn someone.