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Are you ready for the tricks and treats of Halloween? We hope your All Hallows’ Eve is filled with spooks and spirits. Before you embark on your ghostly adventure let’s make sure you’re taking proper safety precautions. Fire hazards pose a significant risk on Halloween. In fact, 10,300 fires were reported in the United States during the three day period around Halloween from 2011 to 2013. Taking fire safety precautions with your costumes, decorations, and candles can make a difference this Halloween. By following these guidelines you can increase the safety and fun of your night of trick or treating:
There’s no reason a costume can’t be spooky and safe. By avoiding costumes that are baggy or have long trains you can reduce the likelihood of the costume coming in contact with an open flame or accidentally tripping on it. Also, remember that if you are wearing a homemade mask, the eye holes should be large enough to see where you’re going.
We hope you can make your home as scary as possible, but make sure you’re decorating safely. Decorations ignite first, according to statistics from 2009-2012. These statistics show that approximately 860 residential fires every year are a result of decorations catching fire. The study also shows that candles ignited 41 percent of those decorations that caught fire.
There are several ways to keep your haunted house safe this Halloween:
To protect yourself and your family from harm this Halloween, make sure any decorations and costumes you use are fire safe.
Robert Simon is ACC’s VP of the Chemical Products and Technology Division and is with the North American Flame Retardant Alliance.
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