It’s almost that time of the year for trick-or-treaters, which means more visitors than usual knocking at your door. And while decorating and handing out candy can be fun, it’s important to remember safety comes first. We’ve put together some ways you can prepare and protect yourself and others this Halloween.
Before trick-or-treaters come to your door, make sure there is a clear and safe pathway for traffic. Keep in mind possible tripping hazards when decorating and using extension cords. Clean up any yard debris to avoid slip and fall accidents. And ensure that all steps, stones, and railings are safely secured and the pathway is well-lit.
Don’t use candles for, or in, your decorations. According to Fire Prevention Canada the misuse of candles is one of the major causes of house fires, especially during the holidays. Consider alternatives such as battery-powered candles in your pumpkin carvings.
Sometimes people will leave out a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters if they can’t hand out the candy themselves. This may seem like a good substitute, but it actually puts you at risk for crime or leaves you liable for mishaps.
Since you aren’t there while strangers are on your property, you don’t have control over what happens and there’s a chance of vandalism or someone tainting the candy.
Avoid real horrors and stay safe this Halloween by following these tips.