Halloween is a night for costumes, spooky thrills, trick-or-treating, candy and, of course, fun. No one wants their happy Halloween to be marred by an accident. Everything from Jack O’ Lantern candles to poorly lit walkways can pose a safety problem for trick-or-treaters and homeowners. But, not to worry — there are several precautions you can take before those zombies and ballerinas start knocking on your door.
Whether you are transforming your home into a haunted house or simply handing out candy to your neighborhood ghouls and goblins, a quick safety check will help ensure a happy night of haunting.
Keep Halloween scary… in a good way! Follow these seven tips for Halloween safety.
No. 1: Trick-or-treat safely. Halloween safety for kids starts at home. Remind trick-or-treaters to walk, not run, between houses and stick to well lit driveways and sidewalks.
No. 2: Light up the night. Lit candles or luminaries may add a spooky glow to your home, but they also pose a serious fire hazard. Trick-or-treaters can easily knock over the lit candles lining your front walk, injuring themselves and potentially starting a fire. Instead of real candles, opt for LED tea lights or wind a string of orange lights around your front porch. If you have a long driveway or walkway, turn on your regular outdoor lights, as well. Any lights used outside should be grounded and rated “water-resistant/UL approved for outdoor use.”
No. 3: Clear a path. Illuminate a clear path from your driveway to the front door. Repair loose porch railings and uneven walkway stones that pose a safety threat to young trick-or-treaters. If you add spooky yard decorations like tombstones, fake cobwebs or mummies, be sure that these decorations do not obstruct any pathways.
No. 4: Clean up your yard. Fueled by candy and adrenaline, young trick-or-treaters often race from house to house, cutting through yards and alleyways. Anticipate potential hazards: Rake leaves, remove dead branches, trim hedges and fill in large holes. Store bikes, potted plants, gardening tools and hoses out of the yard and a safe distance from any walkways.
No. 5: Confine pets. The constant excitement of young children ringing the doorbell is simply too much for many pets. Scared cats can dart out the front door, knocking over carved pumpkins and candles. Dogs that mistake trick-or-treaters for intruders may inadvertently attack a young child. Avoid a Halloween pet mishap by keeping Fluffy and Fido away from the excitement.
No. 6: Check your homeowner’s coverage. Opening your home up to visitors, even if they are just trick-or-treaters on the front porch, can expose you to potential insurance claims and lawsuits. Check with your insurance agent to make sure your house is adequately covered.
No. 7: Practice indoor fire safety. Hosting a Halloween party for adults? Check your smoke alarms; a working smoke detector is the best way to reduce the risk of someone being injured in a fire. Keep decorations like crepe paper away from carved pumpkins and open flames.
How do you prepare your home for Halloween?
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