A large part of the fun of holidays is decorating your house and yard for the occasion and Halloween is one of the most fun. However, decorations, particularly candles, pose a fire risk. Here are some statistics from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association):
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.
Have fun this Halloween, but be safe.
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