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Halloween Fire Safety Tips for Avoiding Fire Restoration in Your Menomonie, WI Home

October 16th, 2015

Halloween is a time to have fun and cut loose. It’s an opportunity to taste sweets, dress in costumes, and try something new. Many people like to decorate their homes to welcome trick-or-treaters, but this can be hazardous. Did you know that from 2009 to 2011, 42.3% of fires that occurred between October 30 and November 1 took place outside? This is according to information provided by FEMA. 31% of fires were residential. With so many flammable decorations and candles being used in yards across the country, these numbers aren’t hard to believe. How do you avoid fires during Halloween? How do you stay safe? Don’t worry – ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning is here to help.

  • Don’t place lit candles in bags. Some people think they need to light up the walkway leading to their front door using candles, and this can be dangerous. An excited child may knock over a bag and spread a fire. If this isn’t the case, the bag may catch fire without outside help. Proper lighting is important, but make sure it isn’t hazardous.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets. While there is nothing wrong with being passionate about Halloween decorations, you shouldn’t go too far. You don’t need every square inch of your yard to be covered with lights or gadgets. Think of your electricity bill! If there is a spark, the fire could spread to all of the wires, leading to chaos.
  • Once the last trick-or-treater has trotted off, turn everything off. Don’t wait until bedtime to start unplugging things and hitting switches – you might forget. Do it while you’re awake and motivated, otherwise you could get lazy.

If you experience a fire despite your best efforts, ask the pros to help you recover. Use ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning of Menomonie, WI, for fire restoration assistance today! Call us today!


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