BRADENTON – It’s the time of the year for festive costumes, endless candy, spooky jack-o-lanterns and creepy decorations. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding everyone to take a few simple precautions to keep Halloween safe and enjoyable.
“Just about everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Costumes with billowing or long trailing fabric and candle decorations should be avoided to keep fun events from turning into tragedies.”
From 2006-2010, decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an average six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage.
From 2006-2010, U. S. fire departments responded to an estimated 11,640 home structure fires that were started by candles. These fires caused 126 deaths, 953 injuries, and $438 million in direct property damage.
NFPA provides safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween:
If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times.
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