As neighbors and homeowners there are many things we can do to ensure that trick or treaters are kept safe this Halloween. Following these safety tips will not only protect them but you as well. The last thing you would ever want is someone getting injured on your property.
Here are the key tips for homeowners to remember this Halloween:
- Put your pets in a secure place away from trick or treaters. Pet can be very frightening, especially to young children. Likewise, scary Halloween costumes, big crowds and unusual smell can be very frightening to your pet and can cause them to act in unexpected ways.
- Clear your yard of any possible hazards such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots, chairs, or any debris on the ground that kids may not see should they run across your lawn in the dark. Cover or fill holes.
- Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame. Halloween costumes with tattered material can pose a fire threat when candles are near by. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
- Make sure your home is well lit. Your walkway and front door should be visible from the street.
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- Consider peanut-free or non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins. You’d be surprised how many kids have diabetes or allergies.
- When it gets close to curfew, remind kids of the time in case they need time to get home.
We hope this three part series on Halloween Safety was helpful. If you have kids, please review Parts I & II of this blog for kid’s and parent’s safety tips.