The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) encourages residents to avoid “tricks” by taking precautions this Halloween. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), nationally, during the three-day period around Halloween, about 10,300 fires occur resulting in about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.
FCFRD wants to help our communities be safer during Halloween by sharing a few fire safety tips from USFA:
• Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations.
• If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
• 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 jack-o’-lantern.
• Keep exits clear of decorations.
For more information about Halloween fires and fire safety, check out the U.S. Fire Administration's website, where you can find Halloween social media cards to share and the Halloween fire data snapshot.