Tips to Keep the Fire Department from Trick-or-Treating Your Home this Halloween

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Halloween is the fifth busiest day for fire departments across the US according to the National Fire Protection Association, and burning candles account for many of these accidents. But this particular safety hazard is completely preventable with a simple switch to flame-free lighting options.

With the array of flame-free candles and battery-operated lights on the market today, there’s really no need to use regular candles in Halloween decorating -- especially around kids.

Amid Halloween’s costumes, candy and decorations lurks a scary statistic. Halloween is one of the busiest days of the year for fire departments across the United States. In fact, it’s the fifth busiest day for home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association, with burning candles accounting for many of these accidents.

Luckily for parents and others worried about Halloween home safety, this particular hazard is one hundred percent preventable.

“With the array of flame-free candles and battery-operated lights on the market today, there’s really no need to use regular candles in Halloween decorating -- especially around kids,” says Krista Fabregas, founder of KidSmartLiving.com.

Safety-conscious parents and homeowners can easily find battery-operated candles in various sizes, shapes and colors both on store shelves and online, says Krista. Dubbed “flameless candles,” most are made of wax and feature a built-in flicker to mimic the real thing. From tapers and pillars to votive candles and even tea lights, flame-free varieties are ideal replacements for candles in decorative candleholders, Jack o’Lanterns, lumeires, outdoor décor, and on mantles and tabletops.

But candles are just one of the flameless lighting options for safer Halloween decorating. Right now, store shelves boast a multitude of Halloween themed battery-operated and electrical lights that are worth a look.

“Switching to flameless lighting actually opens up a world of Halloween decorating options,” says Krista. “Flame-free lighting safely adds a ghostly glow anywhere, indoors as well as out, without the worry of candles snuffing out or the surrounding décor catching fire.”

Battery-operated choices, including flashers for carved pumpkins, pathway lights and even light strands, are ideal for safe decorating just about anywhere – and especially around sidewalks and doors. For many, electrical light strands and strobes are Halloween decorating essentials, but trailing cords can be a tripping hazard. These should be secured away from walkways and entrances to make them even safer for trick-or-treaters.

And don’t forget about those inexpensive glow sticks. They’re perfect for lighting up decorations on a budget. Pop a few in Jack o’Lanterns and sidewalk lumeires for a colorful, flame-free glow that lasts the evening – and doesn’t require batteries.

Krista Fabregas is the founder of http://www.KidSmartLiving.com, providing busy parents with decorating and safety tips, DIY projects, worry-free products and more for family-friendly homes... with style.

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