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For each year from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 10,100 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries and $102 million in property loss.1
The average number of fatalities and injuries per 1,000 Halloween fires was slightly higher than the same loss measures for all other fires. The average dollar loss per Halloween fire was also slightly higher than per non-Halloween fire.2
|Loss measure||Halloween fires (Oct. 30- Nov. 1)||Non-Halloween fires|
In terms of numbers of Halloween fires, the largest general property type category was outside fires (38 percent) followed by residential fires (32 percent). Residential Halloween fires, however, resulted in the most deaths (68 percent), injuries (79 percent) and property loss (51 percent). Source: NFIRS 5.0.
Halloween fires occurred most frequently in the late afternoon and early evening hours, peaking between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fires then declined, reaching the lowest point during the early morning hours of 4-7 a.m. Source: NFIRS 5.0.
The leading causes of Halloween residential fires were: cooking (53 percent), heating (11 percent), other unintentional, careless actions (6 percent), and electrical malfunctions (6 percent). Source: NFIRS 5.0.
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Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination. Share these safety tips with your community to ensure that Halloween is a safe holiday for everyone.
Sources: NFIRS and the National Fire Protection Association.