Make no bones about it, Halloween is a thrilling holiday that most people look forward to celebrating. After all, you get to dress up in fun costumes, go to Halloween parties, take your kids trick-or-treating, and of course, eat as much candy as you want. However, no wants their Halloween to be soured because of an accident. Everything from dark pathways and walkways to lit Jack O’ Lanterns may be safety hazards for homeowners and trick-or-treaters. But don’t worry. We’re giving you Halloween home safety tips, so you can foolproof your home.
Halloween Home Safety Tips for Homeowners
For many, Halloween is just as important as Christmas. After all, you get to wear cool costumes and paint your face, have parties, and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. The downside to Halloween is its potential to be a dreadful holiday. From clean up from pranks and vandalism to insurance claims, the holiday may not be as sweet as it seems. Below are some home safety tips that you can make Halloween less scary.
Clear the Pathway for Trick-or-Treaters
Make sure the path to your doorway is free and clear of twigs, rocks, and other things that excited trick-or-treaters and their parents stumble upon. Remove leaves and clean up other debris. Move your hose or sprinkler before Halloween or a few hours before it begins in your area. Be mindful of where you set up your Halloween decorations so that kids don’t run into or trip over them.
Fix or Secure Railings on Porches and Steps
As part of your fall home maintenance, check your railings on your porch or steps. Look for loose screws and anything else that may cause your railings to come out. After all, many kids and some parents will need to hold onto your railings as they make their way to your door.
Use LEDs Instead of Real Candles
You may enjoy lighting candles, but it may be better to use an alternative light source like LED. After all, placing a lit candle inside your Halloween pumpkins may be a safety hazard. For instance, if the air is dry, flames could spread causing costumes and homemade decorations to catch on fire. An alternative is to use a rechargeable tea light candle. And when it comes to Halloween decorations, choose ones that are solar powered or use batteries.
Use Caution When Opening Your Door
You may be excited about Halloween and opening your door to trick-or-treaters. However, you should still use caution. If don’t feel right about someone who approaches your door, do not open it. Also, as the night progresses, and you notice that you aren’t getting many trick-or-treaters, turn off your light and close your door. There’s no reason for you to ___ until 8:00 p.m. or whenever Halloween ends in your area,
Keep Your Pets Safe
You may love dressing your pets up for Halloween, but you may want to let them sit out the holiday. Some pets may not be able to handle a constant ringing doorbell and kids yelling, “Trick-or-Treat!” In fact, the ASPCA states that frightened cats or dogs may scurry out the front door. Avoid any pet mishaps by keeping your pup or kitty in a separate room, away from the festivities.
Light Up Your Yard with Outdoor Lighting
Make sure you provide enough light for the little ghosts and ghouls who’ll grace your doorstep on All Hallows Eve. Consider adding motion sensor lights because some models allow you to set the sensor light for either 30 seconds or 120 seconds. If you get one with a swivel head, you can position it wherever you want. You may even consider adding path lights to your front yard or lanterns to your porch. The more light you have the better!
Consider Your Candy Options
Buying Halloween candy is fun! After all, it gives you an excuse to buy what you like. But keep in mind that some candy may not be right for every child. For instance, children have food allergies, ranging from peanuts to chocolate, wheat, fruit, and more. Keep in mind that some candies are made in facilities that handle peanuts, soy, wheat, etc. Suckers may not be appropriate for every child because the stick may be a choking hazard. Check the bag’s label for allergy and choking warnings.
Check Your Homeowner’s Insurance
Did you know that opening your home to trick-or-treaters can expose you to unwanted claims and lawsuits? Unfortunately, this is the not-so-fun side of Halloween. Contact your insurance agent to ensure that your homeowner’s policy is current and you have adequate coverage.
Make Your Sure You Have a Happy and Safe Halloween
When it comes to celebrating Halloween, make sure your home is ready for trick-or-treaters. If you have a garage, park your car in it. Not only will it keep the pathway clear for children and their parents, but it will also give you peace of mind that your car won’t be broken into, egged, or covered in toilet paper. If you have to leave your car in your driveway, lock it and remove all valuables.
There’s no reason why you can’t have an enjoyable Halloween. Even though it has a frightful reputation, the holiday doesn’t have to be scary, especially when it comes to keeping your home safe. Use our tips to keep your family and trick-or-treaters as safe as can be. And if you want to know how the spooktacular holiday began, read our blog post, The History of Halloween.