NFPA Recommends 6 Halloween Tips to Prevent Fires and Injury
When we would trick or treat back when I was barely ten years old, I would fill up pillowcases full of candy. One house after another trying to get as much candy as possible. Then I’d race back home to empty the bag, and then get back out there to fill it up again. Of course, I didn’t realize at the time that there was no way I was ever going to be able to eat all of that candy and survive. I was running with reckless abandon to accomplish the goal of getting more candy than my brother and all of my friends. Halloween safety? What was that?
As a kid, we didn’t think about or have even half the safety warnings we have today. The only ones I can remember are…
- Do not “dart out” in between parked cars to cross the street
- Make sure my parents “inspect” the candy before I eat it
- Never eat the apples
Nowadays we’re reminded of common sense things like “remove your child’s mask before drilling eye holes.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween decorations caused 790 home fires between 2015 and 2019. 45% were due to proximity to heat, with candles causing one-third, totaling $13 million dollars in property damage.
Here are some Halloween safety tips that the NFPA recommends following.
- Prevent fire hazards during Halloween by exclusively using battery-operated candles or LED lights for jack-o-lanterns and decorations, minimizing the risk associated with traditional candles.
- Prevent fires by keeping flammable materials away from fire sources like fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, candles, and outdoor fire pits.
- Make sure inflatable decorations are secured properly and kept away from sources of ignition.
- Remove Debris: Clear yards of leaves, sticks, and other debris to minimize tripping hazards for trick-or-treaters.
- Check Exterior Lighting: Make sure all exterior lights, including path lights and Halloween decorations, are in working order to provide a well-lit and safe environment.
- Secure Steps and Railings: Verify that steps and railings are secure to prevent accidents and falls during Halloween.
Be safe and have fun! (And don’t forget that eye hole tip!)