Halloween can be one of the most exciting nights of the year for many children, and keeping your home safe for the trick or treaters is the best way to make sure that you contribute to their amazing night. In just a week, costumed children will be lining the streets in search of delicious candy, and as a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to make sure you are doing your part to keep them safe. Follow these Halloween home safety tips to make the most out of this spook-tacular season.
Keep Your Exterior Lights On
Even if you aren’t going to be home while the kids are out trick or treating, leave your exterior lights on so they can see where they’re going. Children don’t necessarily follow the proper street walking order when free candy is in their line of sight, so they tend to cut across yards and grassy areas to get to the next home. The last thing you want is someone seriously injuring themselves because they tripped in the dark.
Don’t Put a Real Candle in Your Pumpkin
Okay, we know that nothing beats the glow of a real candle in a Jack-O-Lantern. However, candles can cause a serious fire hazard for everyone. Avoid using them when you know that you’re expecting trick or treaters. It just takes one little girl’s long princess dress to catch the flame in the wrong spot, or for someone in a buly costume to accidentally knock your pumpkin over, for an accident to happen.
Remove Hazards From Your Doorway
Kids are going to be making a beeline to knock on your door. They won’t see that water hose you left sitting out until it’s too late. Make sure you move everything that could get in their way that could be in your yard. This also includes clearing your yard of any large debris, like branches, that could also present a hazard.
Keep Your Pets in Line
While dogs are man’s best friend, they aren’t always fans of constant knocking or ringing of the doorbell. A barking dog can scare children and can also cause you an unwanted headache. Not only that but if your dog became intimidated by the constant visitors, it could do something very unpredictable and put everyone in danger. If your dog is a little bit jumpy whenever someone comes to the home, consider keeping him secure somewhere away from your doorway or taking him on a doggy sleepover for the night.
Check Your Railings
Children, their parents, and even their grandparents may use your railing. Make sure you double-check them to make sure that nothing is loose. Try not to tie or secure any bulky, in-the-way decorations to those railings as well. Railings can make the perfect place to hang a big giant spider web, but it may do more harm than good. This could impact someone’s ability to use your railing, which could cause them to injure themselves.
The most important rule of all is to have fun on Halloween, no matter what you do!