Safe Halloween Decorating Strategies
According to Sparky the fire dog, at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first things to ignite in over 1,000 home fires each year. Autumn and Halloween decorations seem especially vulnerable, due to the tinder-like quality of dried foliage and flowers, combined with the use of candlelight to cast spooky shadows and keep a dark and haunting feel to the holiday.
When decorating for Halloween this year, be mindful of the young and excited children you’ll be inviting to your door for trick-or-treating. Illuminating your pathways is great way to guide the kids to your door, without traipsing over your yard décor, and many stores now carry cute paper bags with tea-light candles for this specific purpose. This option is cheap, but dangerous. Many children’s costumes can be complicated, and have fabric that blows or trails off their costume, which can easily ignite, One of our awesome customers came up with a snazzy idea last year to use our LED lights as a short, festive fence. Be sure that whatever method you choose, you leave a wide enough path for kids to stomp through without tripping over themselves, and be sure that there aren’t any obstacles in their way like uneven bricks or even pieces of Halloween décor because those little devils (and angels) are likely going to be focused on everything but where they are walking.
Nothing says Halloween more than a glowing display of Jack-O-Lanterns. Filling them with candles, and then inviting multiple kids hopped up on school party cupcakes and pure adrenalin, on your porch at the same time is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, there are now lots of options to illuminate your pumpkins, without having to resort to open flames. Battery-powered candles can be found anywhere. Flashlights are a quick and easy fix too, if you can get them to fit inside. Or, you can go the LED route. Battery Operated LEDs work great, and do not require you to run extension cords, which can be a tripping hazard. Red twinkle lights look great in your Christmas display, and can signal gory delight on October 31st. Use the green LED lights from your holiday display, to case a wicked green glow on your porch. Or check out our Halloween LEDs - Available in Halloween Colors like Witches Purple, Pumpkin Orange, and Frankenstein Lime, and strung on black wire, they are perfect for all your Halloween decorating needs. And if you use LEDs, you can leave your display going late into the night, without wasting energy or worrying about a fire hazard.
Check out HolidayLEDs.com’s Halloween Board on Pinterest for more ideas!