Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
From 2014-2018, an average of 770 home structure fires began with decorations per year. If you have fall or Halloween decorations up, here are a few safety tips to prevent home fires:
🎃 Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
🎃 Teach children to stay away from open flames.
🎃 Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
🎃 Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
Read more about celebrating Halloween safely and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during your festivities. https://www.alexandriava.gov/Halloween