halloween fires

In a previous post, we talked about how to stay safe during the Halloween season. The reason we went into such detail and provided tips to reduce fires is because, as you might guess, Halloween is a big time for injuries and fires.

According to the government’s FEMA website, 2011 to 2013 saw an estimated 10,300 fires in the three-day period surrounding Halloween. This included 25 deaths, 125 injuries, and over $83 million dollars in property loss.  In fact, Halloween fires have a slightly higher death rate when compared to other fires (2.5 vs. 2.1 per 1000 fires).

As you can imagine, 37.5% of all Halloween fires occur outdoors, and another 33% occur inside a home/residence. If you own a commercial building, you’re in luck—only 8% of Halloween fires occur in non-residential buildings. Another 14.6% occur in vehicles, and 6% occur somewhere the statisticians like to call “other.”

The greatest number of fires (again, as you can guess) occur during trick-or-treat times, from 5 PM to around 9 PM.

What does all this add up to? The idea that Halloween comes with some accidental fires that we can possibly avoid. When you’re cooking, be careful not to leave items frying on the stove while you greet trick-or-treaters at the front door. When you’re setting up decorations, opt for battery-powered lighting instead of candles. It’s even better if you happen to have water (a hose) on tap if anything were to happen. If you have a bon fire, be sure to extinguish it with water before going to bed for the night.

Most importantly, have fun! Trick-or-treating is always a delight for young and old, and we hope this year is no different.


Henry Duckstein Jr.


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