Make this Halloween the Safest Yet with These Home Improvements
Halloween is almost upon us! You’re probably busy making your home look festive and fun for the spookiest day of the year. While you’re adding lots of ghouls and bats to your exterior, here are a few more improvements you can make to ensure your Halloween is safe for all your trick-or-treaters this year.
Halloween means lots of foot traffic to your front door, increased pedestrian numbers, and a whole host of other factors that could be potentially hazardous. Take a look at these tips to make your home a safe place this October.
- Brighten Up- If you have exterior lights, use them! Make sure your home is as bright as possible on Halloween night. If it’s possible, swap your regular bulbs for a brighter bulb. Turn on any spotlights and even interior lights in exterior facing rooms to make it easier for your visitors to see where they’re going.
- Fix Broken Walkways or Steps- The last thing anyone wants is a trick-or-treater sustaining an injury! Check your walkways, steps, and railings to ensure they’re secure before Halloween night.
- Ditch the Real Flames- Nothing beats the glow of a jack-o-lantern. This year, replace the real flames for a safer alternative. Inexpensive LED candles can give the same effect while protecting flammable costumes from hazardous sparks.
- Leave Storm Doors Ajar- If you have a storm door that opens outwardly, this is a good time to prop it open. This reduces the need to open the door outwardly toward your guests, and makes it easier to dispense candy!
- Rake a Path- Leaves can camouflage potholes and other hazards. Clear your walkway of any leaves or debris before the night of October 31. This will keep things safer for anyone walking through your yard.
- Clear a Path- Remove excess décor from your steps and walkways. With an influx of visitors, your lawn could become crowded and something lining your walkway could prove a hazard.
- Check the Streets- The fear of pedestrian accidents on Halloween is well founded. Cars are the biggest danger children can face on Halloween. Do your part to ensure your street is a safe place for pedestrians. Park all cars in the driveway on the night of trick-or-treating. This increases visibility for little ones crossing streets.
Some common sense safety measures go a long way in protecting children and their parents on Halloween night! By making a few upgrades, you can be confident that your lawn and home are a safe place for your neighborhood’s trick-or-treaters!
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