Halloween is an exciting time for families with young children as well as college students and recent graduates. While these two groups obviously have vastly different ideas as to what constitutes the perfect Halloween party, one thing they do share is a love of Halloween decorations. This includes carved real pumpkins, plastic pumpkins, spider webs, lights, candles, smoke machines, and anything else
you can imagine.
While these decorations can really add a lot to the festivities and be a lot of fun, according to a recent article in Claims Journal (as insurance industry trade publication), they can also serve as a potential fire hazard. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that between the years 2006 and 2010, there were 900 reported cases of home fires where the primary point of ignition was a decoration. Of these 900 home structure fires, one person was killed and 41 civilians were injured. The agency separates civilians from firefighters when reporting statistics, since firefighter deaths would skew the data, as they involve lots of additional variables.