THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (NFPA) IS BASED IN QUINCY, Massachusetts, just down the road from Boston. But unfortunately the NFPA’s messages on fire safety and fire prevention aren’t making it into the offices of the Boston Globe newspaper. Just a scant few days after the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week, the Globe ran some Hallowe’en tips for the kiddies showing them how to make a pumpkin display that has a 3-ft.-high flame burning out of it.
Their advice on how to make a “Flaming Head” brags that “toilet paper rolls soaked in kerosene will create 3-ft.-high flames for about 45 minutes.” They also remind you to “only do this outside, away from flammable materials.” Seemingly, the clueless writers at the Globe don’t realize that the Flaming Head IS a flammable material. But they are helpful in that they suggest that you “ignite it through the mouth (of the jack-o-lantern) or your hand will roast.”
It looks like the kids on weekend duty at the Globe were skimming the internet for some Hallowe’en ideas and came across this future ambulance call on a website called Extreme Pumpkins.com. It has detailed instructions (HERE) on how to make one, including the tip that you should soak the TP in kerosene overnight for the best results. It also reminds us:
If you want the best flame I have seen yet, this is it. Be warned that the smoke can be a little dark and stinky at first. Otherwise, it was awesome. Remember to be safe and all that.
Yes, there will always be a need for the fire department and the EMS squads.
We are unable to give you the link to the Boston Globe story because shortly after it was posted online, the State Fire Marshal called them and spoke to one of the grown-ups. The Globe pulled the page immediately, but we saved a screen cap of the page before they did it.
Thanks to Firefighter Dave and Da Gonz for sending us this head-shaker.