You’ve probably seen and heard plenty of advice about how to trick-or-treat safely, but you may not have heard how to make your home a safe place for trick-or-treaters. Halloween is only 5 days away (!) and we’re here with 3 easy, last-minute tips and ideas you for prepping your home for this evening holiday.
We put this tip first on the list because it is probably the most important piece of advice we can offer this Halloween. Do your best to move your parked cars away from curbs. Four times as many children pedestrians are injured, and twice as many killed, on Halloween compared to a normal night. Cars parked in front of houses make it harder for parents to keep their kids in sight. They also block drivers’ view of the little ghosts, superheros, and ninjas running around in excitement. The simple act of moving your parked car to an alley or side yard can increase visibility and help keep our little ones safe.
Speaking of visibility…
In addition to letting people know you’re “open for business”, brighter lights illuminating your front porch and yard makes trick-or-treating safer all around. Temporarily replacing your regular bulbs with higher wattage is an easy way to make your home safer. Trick-or-treaters can see where they’re going and parents can more easily keep track of their children. As the night goes on, lights can also help protect your home from tricks like being toilet-papered or egged.
We also suggest using decorative lighting to make your front yard easier to navigate. You can use colorful floodlights, string lights in plastic pumpkins, or orange and purple lights in windows as spooky decorations. (Bonus tip: use LED lights in your pumpkin instead of candles. They’re not a fire hazard and will last longer anyway.)
Unfortunately, weather forecasts are telling us that this Halloween is going to be a wet one. We recommend applying friction tape to your stairs and sidewalk to prevent slips and falls. You can get a 240 inch roll for about $3 at Walmart.
We hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween!
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