So you’ve gotten all your Halloween decorations up and what seems like 800 lbs. of candy from Costco ready for trick or treaters. What’s next? Making sure that you’ve done everything to ensure that no one gets hurt while trick or treating at your house. Here are five important home safety tips to think about:
- Make your home safe for trick or treaters. Make sure your front yard, walkway, and steps are swept and free of debris. And remove anything, like flowerpots or hoses, that could cause people to trip in the dark.
- Use Christmas lights to illuminate the path to the door. Finally, those Christmas lights have another use besides adorning the tree. If only someone else could untangle them for you…
- Make sure scary gags are harmless. Having lots of decorations that pop up and scare trick or treaters is great — just make sure they’re safe. Instead of shovels or pitchforks, opt for rubber/fake alternatives.
- Keep pets locked up. Even friendly pets can become a handful when costumed kids keep showing up at the door. And you never know what trick or treater might be allergic to cats or dogs.
- Make sure your Jack o’ Lantern isn’t a fire hazard. Place the candle inside a small dish or tuna can to prevent it from becoming a hazard if it tips over inside the pumpkin. Or even forego the candle altogether and use Christmas lights.