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How to Prevent Fires this Halloween

How to Prevent Fires this Halloween

Recent fires taking over Northern California might seem far away and unlikely to happen here in Northern Virginia. Yet, it’s a reminder that fire can cause extensive damage and harm. With the Halloween season of candle-lit Jack-O’-Lanterns paired with flowy ghoulish costumes, don’t forget to consider how you will keep the flames at bay.

As fire and smoke damage restoration specialists in Northern Virginia, we’ve picked up a few tips that may help you stay safe from those ferocious flames.

1. Light up Your Pumpkin with LED Tea Lights

lit jack o lanternAny flame will increase the chances of smoke or fire damage. The best way to stay safe is to opt for battery run LED tea lights. Stick a few in your pumpkin and you’re all set to light up your porch with an eerie glow. Or, use some use glow sticks or multicolored lights for a unique look.

Think you’ll miss the flickering candle look? Some lights come with this feature. Order them online today to get them in time for Halloween, or find them in a store near you before they’re sold out.

2. Never Leave Flames Unattended

lit candles

Several fire damage restoration projects in Northern Virginia have been linked to an open flame that was left alone. Children, pets, or wind can tip a candle over and cause a flame to spread unnoticed until it becomes a big problem. If you prefer not to use LED lights, secure candles in a location that is easily visible.

Halloween parties with many activities going on can be prime set-up for a fire fiasco. Going outside to bob for apples? Blow out the candles inside before you step outdoors. Coming inside to warm up? Extinguish those outdoor homemade lanterns and fully put out any bonfires.

With so much going on during the holiday, it can be easy to forget a little candle. Simple reminders can make the difference between having an enjoyable evening and evacuating due to a fire. Reminders can be as simple as an alarm on your phone or a big note on your fridge.

3. Avoid Costumes with Excess Fabric.

extravagant costume

Costumes with a lot of loose flowy parts or thick layers of fabric can easily get caught in a flame. Especially with young children who are not always aware of their surroundings, having a large costume can increase the chances of it catching on an open flame. If possible, avoid fabric that is highly flammable such as cotton and linen. Opt for wool, silk, or fire-retardant fabrics. The best costumes allow for comfortable movement and can be removed easily if by chance it were to catch on fire. You can still look awesome with a killer costume and remain safe from fire this Halloween.

Fire Damage Restoration in Northern Virginia

We hope these tips will keep your family and home safe this Halloween. Even with all the caution in the world, fires can still happen. Property Solutions is here for you 24/7 to answer your calls and provide a hassle-free estimate. Trusted for over 20 years, Property Solutions understands how to work with insurance companies on your behalf and get your life back to normal as soon as possible after disaster strikes. We’re here to take care of all your fire damage restoration needs in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Use our contact form or call us today at (571) 526-0075 to speak to one of our fire damage restoration specialists. Have a wonderful (and safe) Halloween!


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