Halloween is one of the year’s most beloved holidays. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, candy, parties, hayrides, and corn mazes make great, fun, and amazing childhood memories. However, this enjoyable celebration is also associated with increasing numbers of home fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of 860 reported home structure fires every Halloween between 2009 and 2013. These fires resulted in an average of 13 million dollars in direct property damage per year. With these statistics, it’s important to keep fire safety in mind.
We only want tricks of the fun kind! With that in mind, ServiceMaster by Wright has compiled these Halloween safety tips for you.
Halloween Safety: Decorations
Use these tips to help prevent your Halloween decorations from catching fire:
A jack-o-lantern traditionally contains a lighted candle inside it, but an open flame is a known fire hazard. When jack-o-lanterns accidentally tip over, these decorative candles can cause surrounding materials to ignite and start a fire. The best alternative is to use LED or battery-operated candles.
Lit candles create dramatic Halloween effects, but as mentioned, they are fire hazards and can potentially harm you and your property. LED lights and battery-operated candles can capture the same ambiance without the extra baggage.
Most of our stylish decorations during Halloween are flammable items, such as corn stalks, straw, and hay bales. Make sure to keep these decorations a safe distance away from open flames or any heat source such as candles, fireplaces, and stoves.
Halloween Safety: Yard Maintenance
Trick-or-treaters are a common sight during Halloween. Make sure that your yard is a safe space for them and their parents.
Halloween Safety: Cooking
The NFPA reports that from 2017 to 2021, cooking was the leading cause of home structure fires, accounting for 18% of reported home fire deaths. To keep your Halloween party on the safe side, here are some cooking safety tips from the NFPA: