Based on a study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there is a considerable increase in structural fires during Halloween and Devil’s Night. We at the Harris Law Firm, PLLC want you and your loved ones to have a fun and safe Halloween, free from burn injuries and house fires, which is why we’ve created this Halloween fire safety guide. Keep reading for more information on how to stay safe.
- Use LED Lights in Jack-o-Lanterns: Carving out a pumpkin during Halloween is a time-honored tradition for many families. Unfortunately, Jack-o-lanterns lit with open flames could be kicked over by children, or blown over by strong autumn winds and start fires. Paper bags filled with candles, called luminaries, can also pose a fire hazard if knocked over by the wind. This year, play it safe and invest in some LED tea lights or glow sticks to light the inside of your jack-o-lantern.
- Keep dry décor away from candles: Dried cornhusks, hale bales, and straw-stuffed scarecrows are popular decorations for both the home and lawn during Halloween. If dry, paper decorations are your favorite fall decorations, make sure to keep them away from open flames. Paper bags filled with candles, called luminaries, can also pose a fire hazard if knocked over by the wind.
- Keep a clear pathway to the exit: Trick or treating during Halloween is fun, but sometimes it can be hard to see. If you plan to have trick or treaters at your door, make sure you’ve cleared a path to your door. Consider this; dead leaves left on your walkway could be exposed to the flame of your Jack-o-lantern and catch fire. Remove all obstructions from your walkway before Halloween night to prevent injuries.
From Harris Law Firm, PLLC, we hope you have an enjoyable but safe Halloween. If an accident does occur, our Greenville MS injury attorney can help you file a personal injury claim.