Halloween Safety for Homeowners

Posted by Emily White on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 8:25am.    1136 Views

"Tricks-and-Tips" for a Safe Halloween 

Halloween Safety Halloween: a sole 24-hour period where little ghosts and goblins roam the streets, racing from door-to-door screaming, “trick-or-treat!” They have been anxiously waiting for a months’ time for October 31st to finally arrive – costumes are made, and their pillow cases are primed to be filled. Now that the candy is purchased and the kids are fully prepared you need to ask the question: is my home ready?

Homeowners have the obligation to make their home safe for trick-or-treaters of all ages. With many of them sprinting from each yard to the next, it is your responsibility to make sure your home is free from danger this Halloween.

“Tricks-and-Tips” for having a spooky but safe Halloween night:

  • Make sure to inspect your yard, driveway, and walkways in the daylight. When it is dark out and the candy-crazed kids have nothing in mind (besides being the one who gets the most candy in their bag that night) they don’t think about looking around to see if they might trip on something. Your obligation is to make sure there are no tripping hazards. If there are tree roots, cracked concrete spots in your driveway, or a missing paver from your sidewalk – make sure it is noticeable to all or (preferably) get these mishaps repaired before Halloween night.
  • It is common for homeowners to decorate their house with haystack, dried cornstalks, and with creatively craved pumpkins. Please refrain from placing candle-lit jack-o-lanterns by these flammable home décors. Many might not think about the potential of a house going up in flames, but with one accidently hit pumpkin tumbling into a haystack, your house could be up in smoke before you even know what happened. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Halloween has more fires than any other night in October. A great alternative to prevent fires from happening is, using LED lights in your pumpkin. Or, if you want to use candles, don’t have flammable objects around your home.
  • Light the way – even though it might make your spooky themed home a little less scary, it will make it a lot safer. You don’t have to buy expensive outdoor lighting for this. Instead, you could line your sidewalks with little, lit-up ghosts or jack-o-lanterns that can keep the Halloween spirit, while making everything visible. If you decide to go this route (which is highly recommended), make sure the electrical cords are not in any walking paths.

By following these tips, Halloween for homeowners will go off without a bump in the night. You can sit back, hand out candy (maybe eat a few pieces yourself), and enjoy seeing all the creative costumes. If you need more homeowner tips please contact the Union Home Mortgage Team today. Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

Emily White

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