Whether some people want to admit it or not, fall is here. Starbucks has started serving their cult classic pumpkin spice latte and Spirit Halloween stores have popped up all over town. COVID-19 has done little to dampen people’s spirit and enthusiasm for Halloween and people are already starting to think about decorations.
However people decide to celebrate the night of fright this year, if you plan to set up decorations in preparation for trick or treaters, there’s some safety information you should consider while decorating. Take steps to protect visitors and your property from potential risks.
Now You See it, Now You Don’t
Once you have your decorations set, walk your property before Halloween to identify any possible dangers, 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. Walk your property at night as well as day to look for hazards.
Check other obstacles like stakes, exposed roots and holes to make sure they aren’t in any walking area or are clearly marked. Light walkways so that visitors can clearly see their route.
Be Smart with Your Decorations
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 from your home. And don’t overload your electrical outlets.
Avoid decorations that pose a potential fire hazard – this includes 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 Frighten Yourself with All the Risks
Don’t overthink your Halloween decorations. Be smart and responsible, and follow instructions outlined by manufacturers. Keep clear pathways and secure cords or move tripping hazards. Common sense goes a long way. And 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!
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