Homeowner's Halloween Horrors?
Not if you follow these Safety Tips As Halloween creakingly creeps around the cobwebbed-corner, many of our thoughts will be on decorating, pumpkin-carving and costume-making. But, before the parade of ghosts and witches comes knocking on your door, here's a helpful list of things that you can do to keep your home and yard safe for all those anxious trick-or-treaters.
  • Clear your yard of ladders, hoses, leashes, flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires and anything that could cause someone to trip.
  • Be sure to keep your outdoor steps, porch and walkways well-lit.
  • Use battery-powered jack o'lantern candles instead of a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, keep them away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations can't blow into a flaming candle.
  • Consider fire safety when decorating. Don't overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations.
  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly through the community.
  • This is also a great time to install fresh batteries in your home smoke alarms.