With Halloween upon us, you are bound to be visited by a merry band of trick-or-treaters that will be scouring your neighborhood in search of candy. You spend all day decorating your home, carving your pumpkins, and stacking up in all sorts of candy bars and other sugary treats for your nightly visitors. When this holiday arrives, most homeowners forget to prepare for one very important thing, protecting and keeping your home safe for Halloween. Everyone needs to know that while it’s fantastic to enjoy the festivity, dressing up, going trick-or-treating, and dressing up for the occasion, these aren’t the only spooking things Halloween brings along. No, we are not talking about supernatural entities either, but this festivity is the ideal occasion for home burglars to raid our homes in search of another kind of treats.
While everyone is having a nice time, there are these people waiting for the perfect opportunity to burglarize your home, and Halloween is the perfect night, which is why it is of the utmost importance for you, as a homeowner to make sure you have done everything to keep and protect your home during this holiday, and these home robbers aren’t the only ones you have to worry about, because of the sheer amount of decorations and friendly competition to make each house more terrifying than others, there are also high chances for safety hazards that can ruin your night. Don’t despair, we are here to help you, in this article we are going to discuss the most useful tips to keep your home safe during Halloween. Use these tips and take the necessary precautions to make your house safe.
HOME SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS DURING HALLOWEEN.
Many people consider Halloween to be just as important as Christmas, they get to wear cool costumes, paint their faces, throw parties, and give out candy. Sadly, there is one big downside to this enchanting holiday, and it is its potential to become a dreadful festivity. You can find yourself cleaning up your house from pranks and vandalism to insurance claims, this is the dark side to Halloween. Luckily for you, below there is a list with the best tips to make your home safe and avoid these pesky situations.
– Clean up your pathway.
Make sure you clean up the pathway to your door, keep your decorations to the side of it, and clear out any twigs, rocks, and any other thing these trick-or-treaters and their parents could stumble with. Remove any leaves or debris. If you have a garden hose or sprinklers, remove them before the holiday starts. Keep your decorations under control and make sure you don’t anything that could potentially harm the children.
– Check the railings.
This one you should do every once in a while, but in case you haven’t, make sure to check the railing on your steps and porch before you start handing out candy. Look for any loose screws or any other thing that could cause the railings to fell off. Remember most children and their parents will hold on to the railings as they make their way to your doorstep.
– Use LED Candles.
Instead of using a real candle which can cause a fire, go for Led Candles, they are much better and safer. When it comes to Halloween decoration always go for the safer ones, powered by batteries or solar energy.
– Open your door carefully.
Answering your door during Halloween is always an exciting thing, you get to deliver your best pons once you hear the children screaming trick or treat. However, as exciting as it might be, you should always do it with caution, use your peephole or a window to check who is on the side of your door, and if you don’t feel right about opening the door to that person, then do not do it. Also, if you haven’t received trick-or-treaters in the last hour or so, turn your decorations off and lock your doors and windows, there is no need to wait until the holiday is over.
– Light up your Front and Backyard.
Make sure that you keep your front and backward properly lit with some Halloween decorations, you can use motion sensors as well. The more light up your path and door is the better it will be.
– Homeowner’s Insurance.
Believe or not, opening your door to trick-or-treaters is a big no-no in most insurance policies, so make sure you contact your insurance company and get all the facts before Halloween.
SECURITY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN.
– Keep your plans off the Internet.
If you are planning on going to a party or leaving town, don’t post it on any on your social media. Even if you have tight control over who sees your profiles, there is always the chance for the information to get out and reach the eyes of unsavory people who would know your home will be a sitting duck during Halloween.
– Lock your Doors.
If you are going to host a Halloween party, you are going to feel the urge to leave your doors open, but that is a big mistake, especially during Halloween where everyone is wearing masks and costumes. Keep the party in one place and lock all the other doors, except for a bathroom.
– Keep your Belongings away.
Again, whether you are going to a party or hosting one, make sure you keep your precious valuable away, lock them in a room or a safe if you have one, but don’t leave them laying around during the party, or you might find yourself missing grandma’s silver candelabra which he smuggled out of Europe during the 40’s.
While all the tips mentioned above are proven to work without a glitch, you need to remember to perform a thorugh check on all your security measures before hand. Have an expert locksmith check and do proper maintenance on all your locks before Halloween.