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Halloween safety

Safety Tip

Take simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. Read all of NFPA's Halloween safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.

Also see: NFPA's safety tip sheet on candle safety.


Pumpkins on the porch
Flameless candles are a fun and safe alternative to using real ones in a festive jack-o'-lantern or with other decorations.

Children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun!

MSNFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living! Check out our latest Halloween fire safety blog post on her website.

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. 

 Source: NFPA Fire Analysis & Research Division (During the five-year-period of 2006-2010) 

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