Halloween Safety Tips
By Fire Inspector Kyle Mertl
September 13, 2017

Halloween by the numbers

From 2009-2013, decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 860 reported home structure fires per year.

Nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source.

These fires caused an estimated average of one civilian death, 41 civilian injuries and $13 million in direct property damage per year.

Forty-one percent of these incidents were started by candles; one-fifth began in the living room, family room, or den.

Source: NFPA Fire Analysis & Research Division

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