If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters at your home this Halloween, take time to rid your yard of any potential hazards that can compromise a child’s safety. Follow these steps for a fun and safe Halloween in your neighborhood. The costumed crowd and their parents/guardians will thank you.
Secure your entryway. Before trick-or-treaters come bounding up your doorstep, look for trip hazards like loose pavers or extension cords. Guide children around these dangers with markers or restrict access completely.
Avoid flammable materials in your decor. According to FEMA, more fired occur on Halloween night. Swap out the candles in your pumpkins for LED alternatives, and be cautious when using season flammable decor, like hay or dried cornstalks, which can easily catch fire if too close to heat sources.
Light up the night. Aside from keeping all porch lights on, consider turning the lights on in rooms that have windows facing the street. If you have a longer walkway, add tea lights or glow sticks to light the path.
Contain your pet. Costumes can sometimes spook dogs, even those who are normally well behaved around strangers. Set your pooch up with a comfortable space inside and away from the front door.