Halloween Decorations Safety

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Halloween decorations are glowing across Eastern Kentucky but fire safety officials say all those lights and candles could lead to fires if you're not careful. As dry as things have been this year, they're urging people to keep a few things in mind to prevent you from facing the wrong kind of scare.

When it comes to Halloween and jack-o-lanterns, perhaps no other street in Eastern Kentucky does it bigger than Pumpkin Way in Middlesboro.

"We have people that come from all over," said Pumpkin Way Organizer Ron Fine.

But with all those lit pumpkins, the residents of Pumpkin Way know better than anyone what can happen, especially after a close call last year.

"It tipped over and the candle must have fell on the hay, started a little fire. We were on it because we're always out there," Fine said.

Pumpkin Way residents say someone is always keeping an eye on all the evil faces and that's exactly what fire officials say you need to keep in mind to avoid fires.

"If you're going to have to go in the house, put the candle out, light it when you come back. It's better to do that than to catch stuff on fire," said Ron Temple with the Middlesboro Fire Department.

The National Fire Protection Association actually suggests you use flashlights to light pumpkins, but if you must use a candle, they say to keep anything highly flammable, like dried flowers, cornstalks, and paper decorations, far away.

"Before we set out our pumpkins, we rake all the leaves up," Fine said.

"We water the grass every night just to make sure the ground is moist just in case one of the pumpkins were to turn over," said David Evans.

Fire officials also suggest you keep pathways clear for trick or treaters but just in case. . .

"Need to look and make sure the costumes the kids are trick or treating with are flame retardant, resistant," Temple said.

"We take precautions with what we do here because we want people to be safe," Fine said.

And of course a little bit scared, but only for the right reasons.

Pumpkin Way is located in the Ambleside neighborhood of Middlesboro. They'll be lighting the pumpkins starting Sunday night and the public is welcome to come check it out every night through Halloween night.

For more Halloween fire safety tips and for more on Pumpkin Way, click the links below.

Halloween Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association: http://www.nfpa.org/newsreleasedetails.asp?categoryid=488&itemid=36409

Pumpkin Way: http://www.pumpkin-way.com

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