Halloween is the peak time of year for spooky celebrations. However, there are many scary fire safety hazards at Halloween, which makes it a spooky time of year. Association (NFPA) is encouraging everyone to take simple precautions that can help ensure the holiday remains festively fun.
“It is exciting to be able to trick or treat, wear costumes, and celebrate Halloween, particularly after last year, when most events and activities were canceled due to the pandemic,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “As more people plan to celebrate the holiday this year, we want everyone to know where potential fire risks exist so they can take the steps needed to minimize them.”
According to NFPA Applied Research, an annual average of 770 home structure fires began with decorations between 2014 and 2018, resulting in an annual average of two civilian fire deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries, and $11 million in direct property damage. More than two of every five (44 percent) of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source. This could be something like a candle or hot equipment. NFPA offers these tips and guidelines for enjoying a fire-safe Halloween can be seen below.