Our latest data shows that there are 10,300 fires during the three-day period around Halloween. These fires cause about 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.
Let's help our communities be safer during Halloween by following these simple fire safety tips:
- 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.
Let's teach our communities that everyone can help prevent fires, because Fire is Everyone's Fight.
If you haven't already, consider joining the fight.
More Halloween Safety Links and Activities
- Send a Sparky e-card to celebrate the holiday.
- Share a Sparky "Be Safe Halloween" Coloring Sheet with a child. (PDF)
- More Halloween Safety Info
Have a fun and safe Halloween from the South Fire District!