Halloween kicks off the holiday season with festive and “spooky” decorations, fun costumes and treats galore. But with fun and festivities come increased risks around your home that can ruin what is meant to be an enjoyable holiday.
The good news is, you can avoid the risks with these simple Halloween home safety tips.
Keep your porch well-lit and clutter free
If you plan to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, be sure the walkway to your porch is free from cords, ropes, and other clutter that can could easily trip a young ghost or goblin.
Make sure that you keep your walkway and porch well-lit so visitors can see and avoid tripping on flower pots and any decorations or debris. Turning on your porch light and adding additional lights, if needed, can help you avoid any accidents.
Be careful with open flames
Festive decorations can be one of the most enjoyable things about Halloween, but can also pose risks. Candles with an open flame can be a fire hazard in your home. Keep paper decorations far away from candles. If you put candles in your carved pumpkins, do not leave them unattended.
Keep pets away from trick-or-treaters
Your furry friends may want to join in the fun of greeting trick-or-treaters at the door, but it’s best to confine them away from young strangers in costumes. While your pet may be very friendly, the excitement of having the doorbell ring frequently and having youngsters reaching out for candy, could stress your pet and cause them to jump or even bite. Avoid this situation by keeping Fido away from the front door.
Keep your Decorations and Gags Safe
If you plan to dress up your yard with Halloween decorations, make sure they are not sharp, dangerous in any way, or meant to alarm anyone who visits your home. Decorations are meant to be fun, so make sure they are just that!
Keep Halloween a fun and festive night for you and your neighbors!
By following a few, simple Halloween home safety tips, you can enjoy the spirit of the season while avoiding unnecessary risks and expense. Keep your home safe for your family and your trick-or-treaters!