(Norwalk, Conn.) Halloween is a fun time of year, full of spooky celebrations and activities, but it also presents potential fire safety hazards. As the holiday nears, the Norwalk Fire Department encourages everyone to take simple precautions that can help ensure the holiday remains festive and safe.
“In anticipation of more people celebrating Halloween this year than in recent years, whether trick-or-treating or attending costume parties, we encourage everyone to be aware of fire risks,” said Norwalk Fire Department Chief Gino Gatto. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2014 and 2019, an annual average of 770 home structure fires were ignited by decorations, resulting in a civilian fire death, more than two dozen civilian fire injuries and millions in property damage. Nearly half of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot equipment.”
The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following safety tips and guidelines for enjoying a fire-safe Halloween:
With heightened awareness and planning, people can enjoy a fun-filled Halloween and stay fire-safe. For more safety resources and tips, you can visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Halloween.
For a fun coloring activity for kids this Halloween, please visit https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/by-topic/holidays/halloween/spooky_sheet.pdf.