Holiday Fire Safety


  • When choosing a costume, avoid long trailing fabric. 
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. 
  • Dried flowers or cornstalks catch fire easily. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources such as light bulbs and heaters. 
  • Use battery-operated candles in jack-o-lanterns. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. 
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the house are working. 
  • Tell children to stay way from open flames including pumpkins with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. 

Download: West Fargo Fire Department Pumpkin Carving Template (PDF)