5 Tips to Safeguard Your House for Halloween
Posted by Writing PIs on October 26, 2016
It’s almost Halloween, the spooky, fun time of year when we decorate our houses with cobwebs, pumpkins, and other ghoulish goodies in preparation for Halloween night when trick or treaters visit. A spooky house, however, can become a real-life nightmare should a visitor trip and fall because of inadequate lighting, objects on walkways, and more.
Below are five tips for safeguarding your house this Halloween so you only serve candy, and don’t get served with a lawsuit.
Five Tips for Safeguarding Your Haunted House
- Keep walkways dry and clear from objects, such as electrical cords, that could cause your visitors to stumble.
- Use electrical extension cords in the yard that are rated for outdoor use, thereby avoiding electrical shorts and fires. Better yet, check out the different kinds of solar-powered lights (string lights, sparkling jars of lights, spotlights, etc.). Their solar panels require charging during the day anywhere from 5-8 hours, and they work beautifully throughout the night without any electrical cords causing potential hazards.For example, here’s a link to solar jack-o-lantern string lights.
- Maintain good lighting for your candy-hunting guests in areas where they walk up to your doorway. Keep in mind children might be wearing masks that block their vision, and that children might be running as they approach your door. Dark-tinted lights and flashing strobes could blind them, causing them to trip and fall.
- Secure yard decorations (such as faux tombstones) from the wind. Weather changes, such as a high wind, could bring down unstable decorations, causing obstructions in pathways or falling against children.
- Direct traffic at your doorway. If possible, limit the number of trick or treaters coming up to the door to prevent chaos and possible injuries. Another idea is to remain on the porch during the busiest hours to hand out candy.
Have a happy, safe Halloween!
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