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Posted on: October 21, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Keep Halloween fun by being fire-safe

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The latest data shows that there are 10,300 fires during the period around Halloween. These fires cause about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss. Let’s help our community be safer during Halloween by sharing a few fire safety tips with residents:

  • Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in a carved pumpkin or other decorations.
  • If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with hear or flames.
  • 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 carved pumpkins.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations.

Let’s remember everyone can help prevent fires, because it’s everyone’s fight.

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