October 28th, 2012 12:20 PM by Taydus Taydus
1. Pick up objects in the yard, sidewalk, or driveway that could create safety issues and be sure any tools are safely put away. Check hoses, flower pots, and extension cords.
2. Think “trick or treat safety” when decorating. Safety experts recommend using plug-in or battery-powered jack-o-lanterns instead of using a live candle. If you do opt for a live flame, make sure it is away from any possible exposure to trick or treaters’ costumes or where they will be walking or standing.
3. Keep your house well-lit and inviting, or if going for a spooky home theme, make sure trick-or-treaters know your house has a welcome-mat extended.
4. Be sure your pets are secured and put away, or appropriate arrangements are made. Some pets become frightened; others may become territorial or even aggressive. You don’t want your pets scaring trick or treaters any more than you want kids frightening your pets. Be especially careful with cats, who might dart out of open doors.
a. If your pets are prone to becoming extremely anxious, create an area for them away from the front door, where you can muffle the sound – play music or turn on a T.V. and close the door and shelter them from all of the ghosts and goblins at the front door.
b. If your favorite furry friend gets over the top scared, you may want to speak with your vet and see what he / she recommends – there may be something you can give Fluffy or Fido to sooth their nerves for the evening.
5. Once you run out of candy and turn off the porch light, be sure to safe guard yourself against late night mischief. Bring your pumpkins inside. If you have motion detector exterior lighting, use it – a light suddenly flicking on could make the difference of you waking up to a clean yard, or spending the 1st of November picking toilet paper out of your trees. If you have the option of parking your car inside a garage, do so. Late night Halloween mischief is typically just that – “mischief” – and not usually anything actually damaging. However be smart, be aware that it can and often does happen, and take precautions to safeguard your home.
Have A Fun And Safe Halloween!