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With Halloween just around the corner, children will soon be out in costume trekking through festive displays in search of candy. Life Safety Park wants to remind trick-or-treaters that more than ghosts could be lurking amongst the mid-fall fun, as Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire risks include candle decorations and billowing costumes with long-trailing fabric. Fortunately, planning ahead can help make Halloween fire-safe. Taking simple precautions, like making sure costumes and decorations are flame-resistant, can make the difference between a safe and tragic holiday.
NFPA's most recent statistics show that decorations were the first item to be ignited in an average of 860 reported home structure fires per year from 2009-2013, causing an estimated average of one civilian death, 41 civilian injuries, and $13.4 million in property damage. Nearly half of all decoration fires in homes are the result of decorations being too close to a heat source. Improve the safety of your Halloween by following these tips from the NFPA:
The Coppell Fire Department and Life Safety Parky wish you a "Spooktacular" and safe Halloween!