halloween_safety-400x246Holiday decorations and costumes can also be a hazardous risk.

The National Fire Protection Association says near half of the decoration fires in homes occur because the decorations were too close to a heat source. It is a good idea to use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. When choosing costumes,  stay away from the long trailing fabric. Teach children to stay clear from open flames and keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.