Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, filled with terrifically terrifying costumes and tasty treats, but without proper preparation, things can quickly go away. For a night filled with fun, not fear, keep reading for our Halloween safety tips to keep your home, pets and visitors safe.
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Pets, no matter their size, are a part of the household that you shouldn’t neglect to include in your planning and preparations for a safe Halloween. Pet owners seldom consider that some guests might be scared of animals, or that their beloved pet might be frightened of costume-clad visitors. Even the friendliest dog can act out of character if they feel unsafe. With many guests coming and going, there is also the risk of your pet getting lost if a gate or door is left open.
The best thing to do to keep your pet calm and out of harm’s way is to keep them indoors, in a room where visitors won’t need to enter. Make sure they have a bowl of clean water to drink and don’t forget to take them outside as even a housetrained pet can have an accident if they have been indoors for several hours.
Halloween Fire Safety
You might be tempted to use candles combined with other decorations to enhance the spooky Halloween atmosphere you’ve painstakingly created, but are you willing to risk the safety of your guests or setting your home and garden on fire? Keep in mind that trick-or-treaters will be wearing costumes that can catch fire and their costumes might be hard to see or walk in.
Candles and costumes are a clumsy catastrophe waiting to happen. LED’s are an affordable alternative that won’t burn out after a single night’s use and can also be used to light up your Jack-o-Lanterns for several Halloween celebrations to come.
However, don’t assume that just because you aren’t using candles you don’t need to worry about fire prevention. Poorly connected wires on electric lights can be just as problematic and can cause electrical fires.
Halloween Safety and Visitors
Before Halloween, make sure your property is well lit and easy to navigate. Any damage to walkways, handrails, and lighting should be repaired. You don’t want to risk guests tripping or falling because they cannot see, or because your property is in shambles.
It might also be helpful to trim bushes or trees that could obstruct walkways, and to limit the amount of decorations in areas where people will be walking.
Halloween Safety Tips for your Home
Installing a home security system is a worthwhile investment to protect your home and your family. Security cameras can be useful for catching culprits in the act and filing insurance claims. In addition to this, we recommend taking out a homeowners insurance policy as soon as possible, if you haven’t done so already.
Accidents and acts of vandalism can occur despite taking every precaution, and it is always better to plan for the worst case scenario. Make sure to document the condition of your property by taking photos of your home and yard before the Halloween festivities start so you can supplement possible insurance claims with hard evidence. It is also wise to call your insurance agent if you are unsure of what is covered under your plan.
Stay Extra Safe – Get Home Insurance!
With our Halloween safety tips in mind we hope you have a happy Halloween.
Remember to allow yourself enough time to prepare for a safe celebration. If you would like to protect your property against any mishaps, don’t hesitate to Contact Paradiso Insurance for exceptional guidance to choose the best home insurance policy for your home.