On Halloween, the risk of home fires, burn-related injuries and falls increases significantly. In fact, a striking 1,170 home structure fires begin with mishaps involving seasonal decorations, such as candles and decorative lights hung on Halloween.
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend roughly $ 8 billion on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy this year. And, over half (51.4%) of those celebrating will decorate their home/yard with Halloween decorations.
To help make Halloween a little less scary, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a leading global safety company, is providing everyone with some simple safety tips to keep in mind while decorating in and around their homes this year.
UL’s Safety Tips for Halloween Decorating:
· Keep candles clear of walkways and out of the reach of trick-or-treaters. Try battery-operated LED candles for an even safer option.
· Always check for the UL Mark on light strings, electrical decorations and extension cords. A red UL Mark signifies that the lights are certified for indoor and outdoor use. A green UL Mark means the lights are onlycertified for indoor use.
· Check that electrical products are certified for outdoor use by UL and plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)** outlet; to reduce the risk of fire or shock.
· Make sure all passageways are clear of items that could cause tripping, including electrical and telephone cords, rugs, and runners.