Department of Public Protection
Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760  

State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to urge caution to avoid accidental fires during Halloween.


“Halloween is a magical time of year, and we want all Kentuckians to enjoy it,” Raby said. “By following a few basic tips, residents can ensure that little ghosts and goblins will enjoy a safe, enjoyable evening of trick or treat.”


             The NFPA reports that Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires, trailing only Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Fires caused by ignited decorations resulted in an average of 1,610 house fires a year in the United States in 2000-2004.


“These fires were avoidable, which makes them all the more tragic,” Raby said.


Here are a few tips provided at NFPA’s Web site:

·        Buy only flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes.

·        Use flashlights when illuminating jack o’ lanterns. If you choose candles, keep the pumpkin away from anything that can burn. This is especially critical in view of Kentucky’s extreme drought, Raby noted. Lawns and shrubbery are bone-dry and a fire can start in an instant.

·        Keep decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper away from heat sources.

·        Illuminate walkways with flashlights instead of candles or torch lights.

·         Provide your child with a lightweight flashlight for trick or treating.

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The State Fire Marshal’s staff is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.