Fire officials say 100% cotton material is highly flammable
Assistant Fire Chief Sebon Burns, Albany Fire Department
Fire officials say you should stay away from open flames
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Kids all over south Georgia will hit the streets tomorrow night to trick or treat. Fire officials urge you to stay away from open flames and make sure all your family's costumes are safe.
Dressing up as a ghost using this cotton bed sheet might not be the best idea for Halloween. Fire officials say cotton material is highly flammable.
"If you make a homemade costume like out of 100% cotton that will burn and burn quickly," said Assistant Fire Chief Sebon Burns with the Albany Fire Department.
Material content can be found on the costume's package and warning signs to keep away from flames can also be found on the costume's tag. Fire officials say costumes that are flame resistant or flame retardant are your best bet.
"That means if you put an open flame on those material they self extinguish so they won't sustain a fire, so polyester or 100% cotton it will sustain a fire so you want to stay away from those kind of costumes," said Burns.
Fire officials say purchasing a flame resistant costume is great, but the accessories that come with it can also do damage.
"The wigs, the bows, grass skirts that don't have those same flame resistant qualities about them and then that'll catch on fire instead of the costume itself," said Burns.
Fire officials say the best way to avoid catching on fire is to stay away from open flames.
"Like a Jack-O-lantern or a candle," said Burns.
Fire officials say if your clothes do catch on fire, the best way to get it out is to stop, drop and roll.
"If you stop drop and roll and continue to roll until the fire goes out you will minimize the damage you do to your body," said Burns.
Costume shop owners are also encouraging trick or treaters to be careful.
"You can't have the long robes on jumping around fires," said Blair Doyal, Manager of Doyal's Costume Rentals.
So before you dress up as your favorite character, do some research on the material that the costume is made of, so that you can have a fun and safe Halloween night. Drivers also need to slow down tomorrow evening and be aware of trick or treaters in the area and parents need to keep a close eye on their small children at all times. You should also keep your cell phone with you if you're trick or treating tomorrow so if there is an emergency you can call 9-1-1 right away.