FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Caley B. Fisher, Media and Public Education Specialist
Halloween Fire Safety Tips from DFPC
DENVER — Monday, October 26, 2015 — As Halloween nears, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) encourages Colorado citizens to think “safety first” while enjoying a spooky Halloween season. Following a few safety precautions can ensure an enjoyable holiday for you and your family.
Candle decorations and costumes with billowing or long trailing fabric are a fire risk and should be avoided. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “decorations were the first items to be ignited in 920 reported home structure fires on average each year, resulting in 6 deaths, 47 injuries and $12.9 million in direct property damage.”
The US Fire Administration stated that 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.
DFPC offers these safety tips:
· When choosing a costume, make sure it is flame-retardant.
· It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Watch children at all times around flames and candles.
· Dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from all open flames and heat sources- including light bulbs and space heaters.
· When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
· Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn, and far away from trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
· Keep all exits clear of decorations, so nothing is blocking escape routes.
About the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)
Our Mission is to provide leadership and support to Colorado communities in reducing threats to lives, property and the environment from fire through fire prevention and code enforcement; wildfire preparedness, response, and management; and the training and certification of firefighters.