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Halloween Safety Tips!

Everyone is feeling the Halloween spirit, even during the pandemic! All along the streets, you’ll see houses decked out in fabulously spooky decorations. From light up graveyards to cleverly carved jack-o’-lanterns, nobody is letting go of this spooktacular holiday. You may think that this Halloween comes with less risks than years prior, but we’re here to tell you that is not the case! If you’re decorating your home this Halloween, here’s what you can do to avoid a truly frightful night.

  1. Walk around your property before dark to identify and minimize potential dangers like exposed extension cords or sprinklers.

  2. Make sure your yard, driveways, and walkways are cleared! You’ll also want to mark any holes or bumps clearly to avoid tripping.

  3. Check to make sure your property is well-lit so that people walking around can safely navigate their way.

  4. Don’t overload your electrical outlets when plugging in your indoor decorations.

  5. Avoid any kind of open flame in your house unless you can monitor it at all times. Battery-operated candles and LED lights are great alternative!

  6. Do not drape fabric over light bulbs! We know you want to create a spooky atmosphere, but covering lightbulbs with fabrics and costumes will generate heat and can start a fire.

  7. Choose your decorations wisely! If you’re dead-set on using candles, avoid placing flammable objects near them like dried flowers and crêpe paper.

  8. Plug all your outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce your risk of electric shock!

Don’t let these common Halloween mistakes dissuade you from being your best spooky self! Halloween is a time to have fun and celebrate with your family, so be sure to take this check list with you when you’re triple checking those glowing ghouls.


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