your front entryway ready for Halloween visitors? Keep everything fun and
accident-free with these seven safety tips.
loves a good scare on Halloween
— as long as it’s just a trick. To help
you avoid any real-life scares — such as falls, fires, and traffic accidents —
around your property this All Hallows Eve, play it safe while you’re setting up
your Halloween lights
and decorations. Here are seven simple precautions: 1.
Light the SceneProviding
plenty of illumination ensures that your visitors can see where they’re
walking, helping to avoid missteps and falls. Use the highest wattage bulbs
your outdoor lighting
fixtures can safely take (check the label on the socket), and adding landscape
lights every few feet along your front walk. You can also use the solar-powered
kind because there’s no wiring needed, just push them into the
ground, let them soak up the sun during the day, and they’ll light up the walk
after dark. 2.
Secure the Footing
your walk, steps, and stoop of any obstructions that could trip youngsters
focused more on tricks and treats than watching where they’re going. That means
moving potted mums and jack o’lanterns out of the way, and hammering down any
nail heads protruding out of your steps. If you have a concrete stoop, which
can get slippery when wet, apply friction tape to ensure stable footing.
Tighten the RailingsIf
your porch railings are wobbly or broken, family members and friends may know
not to lean too heavily on them, but Halloween visitors won’t. So hire a
contractor or handyman to fix the problem. It’ll make your home
safer for guests all year round. Because more strangers come to your front door
this night than the rest of the year combined, now is the time to take care of
Eliminate Fire HazardsDon’t
put real candles into your carved pumpkins or paper lanterns, that’s a fire
waiting to happen. Instead, pick up a bulk pack of LED-bulb
faux candles, which emit a yellowish, flickering, battery-powered light that
looks amazingly similar to the real thing — without the danger. 5.
Secure your PropertyTo
burglaries and Halloween pranks
— especially on mischief night the previous evening — make sure to keep all windows and doors
(other than your main door) locked shut. You might have an electrician add motion-sensor
lights around your property, so anyone who walks down your driveway
or around into the backyard will be discouraged from intruding any farther. 6.
Set the Scene
addition to spooky items like cotton cobwebs and half-buried skeletons,
consider a few safety-related scene-setters. Prop open the screen or storm door
so it doesn’t get in the way when there’s a big group of kids congregated on your
stoop. You could use yellow caution tape to tie open the door. You’ll also want
a working doorbell, so if yours is broken, either hire an electrician or
handyman to fix it — or install a wireless doorbell in its place.
Enhance Street Safety
times as many child pedestrians get killed on Halloween night than a normal
night. So limit the danger as much as you can by clearing parked cars off the
curb to allow better visibility and placing a reflective “watch for children
sign” at the edge of the road. For high-traffic roads in Halloween-intensive
neighborhoods, consider posting an adult in the street with a hand-held traffic
control light to help maintain safety.
Author:Brandi Banks Phone: 281-682-6069 Dated: October 1st 2014 Views: 592 About Brandi: Whether you are buying or selling, Brandi understands the process can often be challenging and compl...
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