New York State officials are telling residents what they should put inside their pumpkins.

Halloween 2022 is now just days away. A Halloween tradition here in New York State and across the country is to carve out a pumpkin and place a candle inside. However, top officials from New York are telling residents this is a very dangerous idea.

Can You Place A Candle In Your Pumpkin In New York State?

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New York State’s Division of Consumer Protection and the New York State Department of Health released safety tips so children and adults can enjoy a safe Halloween. In the press release was what do to about Halloween decorations, like pumpkins.

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New York State’s Division of Consumer Protection recommends using LED lights or other lights instead of an open-flame candle.

"Use battery operated tea-lights, LED lights or glow sticks instead of an open flame candle for your Jack-o-Lanterns," officials stated in a press release.

Why You Should Not Place A Candle In Your Pumpkin In New York State

Symbol Halloween holiday, pumpkin Jack O Lantern In the dark

The reason. It's probably obvious. Officials warn an open-flame candle could start a fire in your home.

How To Keep Your Home Safe If You Decide To Use A Candle

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection realizes despite it's warning many probably will still place an open-flame candle into Jack-o-Lanterns. So they did offer some tips.

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If you do decide to use a candle officials say to:

Keep your decorated Jack-o-Lanterns away from curtains, decorations or other flammable objects that could be ignited. Do not leave an open flame candle unattended.
Keep any candles or Jack-o-Lanterns away from landings or doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flames and place them on a sturdy table

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