Halloween is a time for trick-or-treaters to visit your home. But they may not be the only visitors that you have. This is also a time for those who want to break into your home to take advantage of this unique celebration. Making your home safe for Halloween both for your family and for trick-or-treaters starts with a few helpful tips.
Have Someone Stay at Home
The best way to dissuade a potential break-in is for you, a member of your family, or a trusted friend to be always in your home. If people see someone inside your home, it greatly lessens the chance that they will decide to break in to steal or vandalize.
This includes the late afternoon when you may still be at work, but neighbors may not be as suspicious of people walking around your home because it is Halloween. Plan a party or gathering for your home if possible.
Light Up the Outside
Another way to dissuade potential intrusions while welcoming trick-or-treaters is to light up the outside of your home. Be sure the front porch and much of the front yard is properly lit. This provides a full view of the entrance to your home, so trick-or-treaters can approach safely.
Plus, it dissuades intruders who might be tempted to break-in. When you add lights with motion sensors to areas of the home that are not normally lit, this only adds to the security of your property.
Make the Entrance Safe
This means inspecting the areas where trick-or-treaters will approach and stand when visiting your home. Start at the street where visitors might approach and walk up to the front porch.
The first step is to move any cars parked on the street to your driveway. Statistics show that four times as many children are killed on Halloween being struck by vehicles than on any other night. Walking between parked vehicles to the street lowers the risk. Once you do that, then do the following.
- Clear away any tripping hazard
- Remove all unwanted clutter from the yard.
- Light up a path where trick-or-treaters should follow.
- Secure all rails.
- Apply friction tape to the steps.
A little bit of prevention goes a long way to avoiding accidents. The last thing you want is a trick-or-treater injured because of something you overlooked on your property.
Avoid Candles When Possible
There are flickering LED lights that make good substitutes for candles, especially inside pumpkins or other enclosed spaces. This avoids a potential fire issue that candles bring which causes millions of dollars’ worth of damage each year to homes across the US.
Before you purchase any Halloween lights, be sure that they have safety certifications such as UL printed on the label.
Keep Your Pets Inside
Finally, make your pets a part of your household this Halloween. By keeping them inside, you help keep them calm during this active time. After all, people wandering the streets is not a normal sight. And pets can become quite nervous and unsure during Halloween.
Instead, have them become part of the celebration inside. Even keeping them in a separate room with soothing music can help lower their stress and yours.
Call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.