The dangers of Halloween decorations stressed by East Sussex fire service

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) is reminding people of the risks to look out for ahead of Halloween (October 31).

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 1:08 pm

Many families carve pumpkins and decorate their homes in preparation for the night, but the fire service wants people to take some simple safety steps.

ESFRS is encouraging people to opt for battery powered tealights or candles instead of the real thing – they are easy to find in shops and reduce the risk of fire.

The service want to warn people of the potential dangers that can be faced.


Lots of homes include candles in their decorations. The service warned that it’s important to be wary of where candles are situated and the other decorations around them.

Candles should be isolated enough so that they don’t pose any danger, so make sure other decorations or hanging parts are kept away from the naked flames. Alternatively, you can use battery powered tealights/candles.

Lanterns and pumpkins

Carving pumpkins are a staple of the Halloween season. Despite traditional pumpkins typically containing candles to light up a face, the service recommend switching to battery operated lights to ensure a safer experience.


ESFRS want people to be wary of the materials used in Halloween costumes.

Synthetic materials are much more flammable than natural materials.

People should aim for costumes containing cotton, silk or wool because they are more resistant to fire, and gives a person more time to act if a fire does occur.

If clothing catches fire – stop, drop and roll:

• Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things worse.

• Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight.

• Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.

• Roll over back and forth until the flames are out.

• Get help straight away.

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