Halloween can be such a fantastic time of year for both adults and children. Between all the little ones excited to go out trick-or-treating and the fun of decorating your home, there is a lot to look forward to. But have you given any consideration to Halloween safety?
While there is a lot of excitement surrounding Halloween, many forget that there are also important safety measures they should be taking as homeowners. Let’s face it, the last thing you want is for some unsuspecting trick or treater to get hurt on your property this year. Not only that, but you want to make sure nothing bad happens to your home either.
There are some important Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners that can help to ensure you take the precautions you need to keep everyone safe while visiting your home and keep your home safe as well.
Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners:
Be Conscious of Fire Hazards
It is important that you take extra special care when using candles and other flammables on your property. There will be a lot of movement at your home on the night of Halloween which makes lighting candles even more dangerous. Be sure to pay attention when using them and blow them out at the end of the night. Even better, why not use the flameless, battery operated candles instead. They create the same spooky atmosphere as regular candles without all the danger.
Keep Your Property Well lit
While you may believe that this is somewhat counter productive and takes away from the scariness Halloween is supposed to offer, the truth is, it’s much safer to ensure people can see where they are going. People are more likely to hurt themselves when they can’t see clearly.
Avoid Large Staircases
If trick or treaters must ascend a large staircase at your front door to ring your doorbell, it may be safer to consider handing candy out at the bottom of your stairs or from your garage. Stairs present a safety hazard, especially to young children in costumes. The best way to ensure that everyone stays safe is to close off the entrance with caution tape (which is spooky in itself) and consider having a chair and your candy bowl at the bottom of your stairs. Yes, that means you will have to remain outside, but it’s better than an accident occurring.
Eliminate Tripping Hazards
It is important to ensure that all the walkways on your properly are clutter-free and clean. This will help to prevent falls. Remove things like bikes, wet leaves, garden hoses, skateboards and potted plants from your property and store everything in the garage. It is also important to make sure that your jack-o-lanterns are displayed somewhere away from walking areas to ensure no one trips on them.
Check Security Systems
If you plan on being away from home on Halloween, make sure all your security systems are in working order. It is also important to make sure all your doors and windows are properly secured. It is also a good idea to use motion sensor lights to alert neighbours of intruders on your property.
Oh and don’t forget. These tips don’t only apply to a night of trick or treating. If you’re throwing a spooktacular Halloween get-together, you need to make sure that it’s just as safe as it is fun!
While Halloween can be a lot of exciting fun, it’s important that homeowners put safety first. There are many Halloween safety tips for homeowners that will keep your homes safe and the trick-or-treaters safe when visiting.