Halloween Home Safety Tips
Decorations? Check. Costumes for the kids? Check. Pounds and pounds of candy? Check. Halloween is meant for silly, spooky costumes, candy and good times. However, long walks at night, little kids and costumes don’t always mix well. Add these to your to do list to ensure your Halloween is the fun kind of scary!
1. Clear a path
Make sure your front yard and walkway are clear of anything that may cause someone to trip in the dark. Flower pots, overgrown bushes, or cacti close to the walk way may cause children to trip and get hurt on your property. After setting up your decorations, make sure there are no extension cords that could be a tripping hazard.
2. Opt for fake
While scary decorations can be fun, be mindful of what you are using. If you are using knives, pitchforks, shovels or anything sharp, opt for a plastic or rubber alternative to avoid any accidents.
3. Light up the night
You can use Christmas lights to light up a walkway to your door. Another option would be setting up glow sticks or tea lights illuminating a path to your door. This is particularly important if you decide to keep your porch lights off to set the spooky mood!
4. Keep pets in a safe place
Your dog is likely friendly and well behaved. However, on such a high energy night it is better to be safe than sorry. It is all too common for dogs and cats to try to sneak out the door on Halloween. Even if your dog isn’t typically bothered by the doorbell ringing, some dogs are bothered by costumes with masks or hats. You likely know your dog better than anyone, but it is best to plan ahead just in case.
5. Battery powered is better
When setting up your jack-o’-lantern, opt for battery operated candles instead of traditional candles to avoid a fire hazard. Many holiday decorations and costumes can be quite flammable. According to FEMA, there are more fires on Halloween than any other October night.
6. Watch your car and watch out for others
There is a higher chance of vandalism or theft on Halloween. Be sure to store your car in the garage on Halloween, especially if you are going out for the evening. Children are about four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween night than any other time. If you plan on driving that evening, be extra cautious.
7. Check the candy
When the kids come home from a long night of trick or treating, be sure to look through their candy. Check for homemade treats or any signs that the candy has been tampered with in any way.