Halloween is a time for tricks and treats — but it’s also a time to be cautious about fires. The U.S. Fire Administration compiled data on the number of reported fires around Halloween from 2011 to 2013.
The latest data shows 10,300 reported fires during the there-day period around Halloween. Those fires caused about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss. The number one cause of these Halloween fires is cooking (44 percent), followed by heating (15 percent).
To stay safe this Halloween, the USFA put together some tips for you and your family to follow:
- Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
- If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
- Give your children flashlights or glow sticks so they can see where they are walking.
- Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters.
- Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern.
- Keep exits clear of decorations.
By going to USFA’s website, you can share Halloween social media cards featuring safety tips with your friends and family. For more information, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov. For more Halloween fire data, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/snapshot_halloween.html.