Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner? Preparing for Halloween is much more than finding the perfect costume or stocking up on candy and treats, especially if you own a home. As a homeowner, you’ll want to ensure your home is safe, not only for you, but also for any costume-clad visitors.
While the ghouls and goblins lurking the streets on Halloween night may offer a scare, there is nothing more frightening than an unwanted homeowner’s insurance claim. Although Halloween can bring lots of fun, statistics show a consistent spike in vandalism, home damages and homeowner insurance claims. Here are some tips to protect you and your home from a scary Halloween mishap.
Keep your property well lit.
Children of all ages will be roaming around the neighborhood streets, distracted by costumes and heaping bags of candy. Be sure your yard and front door area are as well-lit as possible to avoid any fall hazards. Homeowners often believe if they keep their lights off, they will deter any trick-or-treaters. Instead, keep your lights on but place a “no trick or treat” sign out front.
Clear any driveways or walkways.
Try to keep any pumpkins or decorations out of walkways and sweep up any wet leaves or other objects that could lead to an accident.
Skip the real candles and opt for faux battery-powered lights in your jack-o’-lanterns.
Candles in pumpkins are often forgotten at the end of the night and present a huge fire hazard to homeowners.
Park any vehicles in garages.
Keeping any cars, bikes, scooters, etc. locked in a garage will prevent any accidental damages or even theft.
Keep your furry friends inside.
While your pets may be friendly to all, it’s always safer to keep them in for the night to avoid a tripping hazard for trick-or-treaters or injury to your four-legged family members.
Keep doors locked.
Even with a steady stream of trick-or-treaters, it is always a good idea to lock your door after each group to prevent any unwanted visitors.
Activate your home security system if you are staying away.
Keep your alarm off if you are home and planning for visitors but be sure to activate it if you are away. With crime spikes in many areas on this night, you can never be too safe.
Don’t let the Halloween night spook you. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the treats without the tricks!
Reviewed July 2023
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