Halloween is an exciting time for kids. Keeping this in mind, the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone in the community the importance of having a safe Halloween. The following safety tips will ensure a fun holiday for everyone:
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
- When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
- Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
Halloween Fire Facts
- From 2013-2017, an average of 780 home structure fires began with decorations per year.
- More than two of every five (44%) of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot equipment.
- More than one-third (37%) of these fires were started by candles.
- One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen; 16% began in the living room.
Source: NFPA Applied Research
On July 20, 2017 at 4:43 p.m.., 5 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 161 Pacific Ave. in the City of Pacifica.
The first arriving fire company found a 1-story, single family home with heavy smoke coming from various. openings in the structure. Fire companies made entry through the front entry of the home and used hose lines to contain the fire limiting severe fire damage to the closet near the center of the structure. There was heavy smoke damage to the remainder of the interior.
Fire companies remained on scene for over two hours checking for fire extension, completing overhaul and mop up operations. 2 residents were displaced by the fire, but received housing assistance through the American Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the firefighters.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Bureau.
The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.
On October 23, 2012 at 5:39 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 1289 S. Mayfair Avenue in Daly City.
The first arriving fire company reported a working fire with smoke and flames coming from an upstairs window of the two-story single family residence. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire. There were no residents home at the time and the fire was contained to a bedroom with extensive smoke damage throughout the home. There were no injuries to fire personnel, and crews remained on scene for several hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.