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5 ways to keep your family safe from hidden hazards this Halloween

The El Paso Fire Department says some Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. To avoid tricks and enjoy the treats, follow this advice:

When choosing a costume, stay away from loose, long fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or fire. Keep yourself visible by carrying a flashlight, glow stick or reflectors. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see clearly out of. Some decorations are highly flammable like dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper. Keep these and other decorations away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Consider using a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern instead if a candle. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Keep them away from flammable objects and where trick-or-treaters may walk. Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

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