Halloween is coming up next week. Whether you are chaperoning your kids as they go out trick-or-treating, or you’re welcoming visitors and handing out candy, you need to keep your home safe. Here are some home safety tips for this upcoming Halloween holiday.
Clear a Path
First things first, clear a path to your doorway. Even if you have outdoor lights and other decorations lit up for the occasion, it can be hard to see for anyone, especially as they move in excited groups. Get rid of twigs, sticks, leaves, and rocks that people can trip over. Be sure to move the hose and sprinklers out of the way, too.
Our second home safety tip is to use common sense. You might keep your door unlocked throughout the night, so it’s easier to open up and give out treats. While this is convenient, it’s also unsafe. Be careful and cautious, keep your door locked until someone knocks or rings the doorbell. Even then, be cautious as you open the door to your home. There could be intruders or other troublemakers using the festivities as a cover to gain access to your home. If someone makes you uncomfortable, don’t open the door or interact with them. When the tide of trick or treaters starts to dwindle, or you no longer feel like answering the door, turn off your porch lights.
Keep Your Pets Safe
Our third home safety tip is to look after your pets throughout the night. Your pets may be curious and love to meet new people, but you also don’t want them to bolt out into the street. While Halloween isn’t as noisy and raucous as Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, you still don’t want to spook your pets. After all, they might attack the people walking through your neighborhood. The doorbell constantly ringing, accompanied by shouts of “Trick or Treat” can be enough to scare them.
Use Outdoor Lighting
Your decorative lighting, such as jack-o-lanterns, can only cast so much light. Use more outdoor lighting – it makes it easier for trick or treaters to see as they move around – remember, their costumes might interfere with visibility! Path lighting and cunningly-placed lanterns can add more light while also adding to the ambiance. If you don’t already have motion sensor lights, then you still have a few more days to get a set and put them in place before the big night.
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