October 27, 2011
Augusta, GA - This year, more than 40 million children across the country will be out trick-or-treating, and with that comes increased risk of accidents, especially those involving burns.
Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). More than 1,000 house fires are reported during this time, nearly half of which were started from candles.
“It’s not uncommon for us to see burn patients during this time of the year who have received a burn injury because of candles in pumpkins or even Halloween costumes which have caught on fire,” says Tanya Simpson, Assistant Vice President of Burn Services at Doctors Hospital.
There are many ways to make sure trick-or-treaters stay safe during Halloween:
- Check to make sure your batteries work in your smoke alarms
- Make sure costumes are flame resistant, especially when walking near luminaries which many times line the streets in the evenings.
- Don’t use paper luminary bags with open flame candles
- Use flashlights instead of candles to decorate yards and walkways
- Keep exits clear of decorations
- Don’t block escape routes
- Make sure your children know how to “Stop, Drop, Cover & Roll”
“Many of the incidents that we see are ones which could have been prevented. Halloween is a time for children and families to enjoy themselves and we hope this year they can do that, without risk of injury.” says Simpson.