What Should I Know About Halloween Home Safety?

Lauren Romano
Lauren Romano
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Halloween is a holiday packed with interesting costumes, scary decorations, tricks and treats. While all of these things can make for a great Halloween, they also can create some extra hazards in and around your home. Before the holiday approaches, you should consider keeping in mind some Halloween home safety tips.

One Halloween home safety tip is to be cautious when wearing costumes in the house. Walking down stairs can especially be a hazard as you can trip if the costume is too long. Consider getting it hemmed along with holding the bottom up a bit as you walk around. Halloween masks can also be a bit hazardous as your vision could get blocked. Opt for using makeup or face paint instead.

Candles can create spooky shadows and light up a jack o’ lantern’s face, but they can also be a danger. Consider taking some Halloween home safety precautions by using flameless candles. If you choose to use regular candles, you should never leave them lit and unattended. Also, they should be kept away from anything flammable and where they can not topple over.

When trick-or-treaters come to the door, you’ll want to make sure that they have a clear path to get there. You should remove any decorations, toys, fallen leaves and other obstructions from the porch and the walkway. Also, you may want to add a bit more lighting to your walkway so that everyone can clearly see where they’re going. It’s not only a Halloween home safety precaution to take so that no one gets hurt, but you don’t want the risk of getting sued if someone gets injured on your property.

While candy is a big part of Halloween, you should comb through your child’s candy carefully then regulate what they eat. Opt for throwing out anything that looks suspicious, such as loose candy or packages that seem to have been opened or tampered with. Some candy could also be a choking hazard, especially to little mouths. Consider giving them the candy that is age appropriate then giving yourself the rest. It’s a safety precaution that both of you could be happy with.

Another Halloween home safety tip is to be weary of those that come to your door. While it’s fun to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters, some people may show up to your home with intentions that aren’t so good. If someone asks to use your bathroom or your phone, you should kindly decline and close the door. Also, if you have small children, make sure that they know they shouldn’t ever answer the door without an adult being with them. You may also want to consider sticking a basket of candy on the porch after it gets dark out so you won’t have to answer the door.

Halloween home safety precautions can help to ensure that both you and your family enjoy the holiday. It takes a little bit of effort, but you could end up saving yourself quite a bit of hassle down the road. Halloween should be a day of fun and amusement, not of worries and problems.

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