Orange County Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Carving pumpkins is fun, but don’t let the lit ones start a fire in your home.

No child can resist the lure of Halloween, it seems. And why not? Besides the promise of bags and bags of candy and treats, they get to dress up as their favorite princess, superhero, or character. It’s when the whole nation comes together to let their alter egos run free!

Because children get so excited about Halloween, it’s up to us adults to keep them from mistakes and accidents that might happen. From costumes to decorations, there are dangers that can be easily avoided with just a little forethought. All of us at Milestone Building Group wish everyone in Orange County a safe and happy Halloween. Here are some safety tips that will keep both your home and its visitors free from fire-related accidents.

  • There’s nothing better on Halloween than a costume with a cape – ask any little boy. We recommend that you help your kids choose costumes that don’t feature billowing or long, trailing fabric.
  • Is there a mask involved? Make sure that the eye holes align correctly with the child’s eyes and that they are large enough to allow them to see out.
  • In your home, remember that dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are all highly flammable, and should be kept well away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, and jack-o-lanterns lit with a candle.
  • Speaking of carved pumpkins, we recommend that you use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in your jack-o-lanterns. It also helps your jack-o-lanterns last longer, as the heat from the candle will rot the pumpkin.
  • If you do decide to use a candle, do not leave the jack-o-lanterns unattended, especially if children are in the area. Use long matches (4 inches or more) or utility lighters to light the candles, and make sure all jack-o-lanterns are placed well away from anything that can burn, and that includes the costumes of visitors and trick-or-treaters.
  • We all love Halloween decorations, especially here in Orange County where we don’t get a lot of rain or fall colors. But make sure that your decorations—and yes, we do mean that inflatable pumpkin on your front lawn—don’t block any escape routes in case of fire.
  • Teach kids to stay away from open flames—a healthy fear of fire is a good thing. Be sure they know the stop, drop, and roll drill in case their clothing or costume catches fire, and even have them practice it.

Did you know that decorations are the first thing to burn? It’s true, as seen in over 1,000 reported home fires each year. Don’t be one of those thousand homes—use these tips to safeguard your Orange County property and loved ones!

The fire hazard in Orange County is still high, as we haven’t had enough precipitation to properly soak the dry brush lining our hillsides and valleys. So make sure to keep your eyes out for fires, especially in your neighborhood, and give us a call after calling emergency services. We can help you or your neighbors get back into their Orange County homes, fully restored to their original state, as quickly as possible.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween! We’ll be back next week with trick-or-treating safety!

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