According to NFPA, decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.
With Halloween just a week away, we thought we'd remind everyone about the importance of fire safety, especially if you love to decorate, or use candles (or torchlights) around your home and in your landscape such as along walkways or driveways. Just one flyaway spark, especially with drought conditions across the U.S., could easily start a grass, brush or forest fire.
NFPA is a great resource for information about Halloween safety. Our tips sheet serves as a great reminder of the do's and don'ts of fire safety as you put the finishing touches to your decor (i.e. consider using flameless candles in place of real ones). Download it and share with friends and family. Our Halloween safety webpage also offers great information including videos, tips on decorating, costumes and more. Don't forget to check them both out today, before you hit the pavement with your family.
Halloween is a great time of year to indulge in our love for tricks and spooks, and our favorite sugary sweets, so this year, make it a point to put your safety and the safety of others first, then go ahead, enjoy that extra piece of candy knowing you've done all you can to play it fire smart!