Avoid Halloween fire risks

Oregon State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace urges state residents to avoid activities, decorations and costumes that up the risk of starting a fire this Halloween.

Over the past five years, the period of Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 has yielded 196 structure fires with one death, eight injuries and close to $5 million in damage statewide, his office reports.

Fire officials recommended purchasing costumes and props that are labeled as "flame-resistant" or "flame-retardant," avoiding flowing materials that drag, keeping exits clear of decorations and using battery-operated candles in lieu of real ones.

For additional tips, visit www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/news/Halloween_Safety2013.pdf.

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