6 Fire Safety Tips for Halloween Parties

Posted in Fire Safety on 27 September 2021

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If you’re getting in the spooky spirit this October, make sure you do it safely. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party for your employees at an office, or for the little ones at a school, as a commercial site you need to make sure no ghostly goings-on get in the way of your fire safety. 

In this article, we’ll cover some key Halloween fire safety tips for you to tick off before hosting your party.

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6 Fire Safety Tips for Halloween Parties

  • Avoid Open Flames: The eerie glow of candles and jack o’lanterns are commonplace at Halloween, but real flames can be a fire safety hazard, especially at parties. Luckily you can achieve the same atmosphere with LED candles or battery-operated alternatives. This makes for a much safer social gathering. 
  • Encourage Wise Costume Choices: Kids and adults alike love to dress up at Halloween. And if you’ve followed the above tip and banned all real-life flames from your party, this next tip won’t be so vital. However, it’s still worth encouraging attendees to wear costumes that are flame-resistant or marked with the CE European Safety Mark. Also, make people aware of the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique in case costumes do catch fire – with kids, you can even get them to have a fun practice session. 
  • Decorate Smartly: Decorations are a must for any party, especially during the spooky season. Enjoy this tradition while making sure that any doors, fire exits, fire equipment or fire signage are kept clear of decorations. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence and people need to be able to use these exits and equipment without being impeded in any way.
  • Test Fire Alarms: Before a big gathering like an office party or school disco, it’s always wise to do a one-off fire alarm test outside of your normal schedule. It only takes a few minutes and can pick up on any problems prior to the gathering – making it a potential lifesaver.
  • Invite a Trained Fire Warden (Or Two): Fire safety for office parties wouldn’t be complete without the presence of at least one trained fire safety warden. This will usually be an employee, manager or other responsible person. They’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the party with everyone else, while still giving all the attendees the peace of mind that a trained warden will be on hand in the event of a fire incident.
  • Maintain Your Fire Safety Equipment: If you’re in charge of a commercial building, such as an office or school, you should ideally be testing and maintaining your fire safety equipment regularly to guarantee it’s in full working order. A fire safety professional, such as Fire Action, can offer this fire safety maintenance to high industry standards. It’s especially important to check this on the run up to a big party or other gathering – remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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