Oct 29, 2009 9:25 AM by sleonard
Baton Rouge, LA, October 27, 2009 - Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, Jr. reminds us that Fire Prevention Month concludes this Friday on Halloween Night. "Halloween can be exciting for children and adults. Halloween Parties, Trick or Treating, Fall Festivals and Haunted Houses are all enjoyable. However, I want to remind you to not let your guard down when it comes to safety. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year but it also raises my concern for the safety of our citizens, commented Fire Marshal Browning."
Each year at Halloween many adults and children are injured in accidents where candles or fireworks have ignited flammable costumes and hair. Plastic capes and garbage bags, often used as costumes, are also fire risks.
Home-made lanterns made from hollowed pumpkins and candles are extremely hazardous. If the candle tips over, it could set light to materials such as costumes, curtains, clothes and furniture and start a serious fire.
Lanterns should never be made from plastic bottles of other container, this would be very dangerous and if handled carelessly could result in burns and also cause a fire.
Joel Domangue, Emergency Services Coordinator, said, "Although Halloween is a time for fun, there is nothing more terrifying than having a fire at home or seeing your clothes catch fire. Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and their children. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you, he concluded".
Everyone has heard smoke detectors save lives, but did you know:
• 66 percent of all fire deaths and 80 percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without a working smoke detector.
• 96 percent of homes have smoke detectors, however 20 percent, or one in five, is not working, usually due to a missing or dead battery.
• It is recommended smoke detector batteries be replaced every six months. This is easy to remember if it is done when we change our clocks.