|Halloween Fire Safety|
|By Vice President / Lieutenant Scot Best|
|October 22, 2023|
Halloween is near and you’re preparing costumes, decorations, and special treats. But, have you considered the accidents that can occur on Halloween? According to the US Fire Administration there are about 10,000 reported fires over a three-day period around Halloween in the US. Those fires caused an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries and $102 million in property loss. Dried flowers, crepe paper, cornstalks and decorative scarecrows may make your home look festive, but these classic decorations can pose a scary fire risk. The National Fire Protection Association says flammable decorations are the first things to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year; two of every five of these incidents start by a candle.
As you can see, the spookiest thing about Halloween is the hazards, especially those related to fire. Below are some safety measures you can take to make sure your Halloween celebration stays fun and memorable.
Decorate safely and keep these tips in mind:
• Don’t put decorations near open flames and other heat sources, such as candles, light bulbs and heaters. Also, place decorations far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, driveways, doorsteps, and walkways. Ensure exits are clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
To make sure children enjoy their evening of trick-or-treating, follow these tips:
• Avoid costumes with loose, long trailing fabrics or other hanging parts, which can catch fire on open flames. Check the labels on costumes, wigs and props to be sure they are made with flame resistant or retardant materials.
Unfortunately, fire disasters can happen even to the most vigilant of people who follow these Halloween safety tips. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!