Believe it or not, Halloween is just a few short weeks away. While COVID-19 may have changed a lot of plans this year, it hasn’t dampened people’s Halloween spirit. Whether you plan on celebrating the spookiest night of the year at home, or venturing out, we put together some safety tips if you’re planning to decorate your home for Halloween.
Watch Out for Hidden Dangers
Once you have your decorations in place, walk your property before Halloween to identify any potential hazards, especially those that you might not see at night. For example, make sure any extension cords are securely fastened or tucked away to avoid possible tripping hazards.
Look out for other obstacles like stakes, exposed roots and holes to make sure they aren’t in any walking area or are clearly marked. And light walkways so that visitors can clearly see their route.
Be Mindful with Your Decorating
Set up decorations in low traffic areas. Make sure they are securely fastened so there is no potential of tipping over or blowing away. Always follow the instruction manual for your decorations to protect potential damage to your home. And never overload your electrical outlets.
Avoid decorations that pose a potential fire hazard, including dried flowers and cornstalks, faux spider webs and crepe paper. These are highly combustible and should be kept away from heat sources and open flames. Skip open flames altogether (such as lit candles in jack-o-lanterns). Instead, opt for battery powered lights that mimic flames.
Don’t Overthink It
Be smart and responsible, and follow instructions outlined by manufacturers, but don’t overthink your Halloween decorating. Keep pathways clear and secure cords or move tripping hazards. Common sense goes a long way. Most important of all, have fun! Halloween is one night to live in a fantasy world, and we could all use a little escape from 2020.