25th October 2016 | Rebecca James
Monday signals the end of October, and one of the spookiest nights of the year – Halloween! It certainly can be fun handing out sweets to any local children. However, make sure you follow our Halloween home safety tips to keep your home safe and secure.
Halloween is an exciting night for children and homeowners alike – all of the costumes and decoration look fantastic. However, some people like to take advantage of the night, making Halloween home safety essential to consider. We have put together our list of tips for keeping your home safe on the night.
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Don’t leave sweets outside
It might be tempting if you are going out, or if you don’t want to open your door, to leave sweets outside. We’d advise against doing this, as anyone could tamper with the sweets. Additionally, any kind of animal could get at them leaving a mess for you to clean up in the morning.
Don’t use real candles in your pumpkins
Carving a pumpkin into a Jack-o-lantern can be one of the funnest parts of Halloween, and people come up with all sorts of exciting and interesting designs. However, it is really important to think about the fire hazard that a candle can be. We recommend using LED tealights instead for the same effect and far less potential danger.
Beware of children’s costume materials
In 2014 children’s Halloween costumes hit the headlines when Claudia Winkleman’s daughter was rushed into hospital after her Halloween costume caught on fire. Make sure that any Halloween costume you buy is fire safe by checking the label. Additionally, make sure that your children are nowhere near an open flame, particularly be aware of Jack-o-lanterns. Using LED lights in your pumpkins will also make sure that any children trick or treating at your home are safe.
Be careful who you open your door to
One of the central aspects of Halloween home safety is being sensible about who you open your door to after dark. Make use of any spy holes and keep your front porch brightly lit. This is so that you can see who is approaching your home. If you are uncertain about anyone knocking on the door, be safe and don’t open it.
Keep your pets away from the door
Even the most placid dog can be overwhelmed if people keep ringing your door bell. We suggest keeping your pets closed away in a different room to avoid any accidents or incidents