With Halloween only 2 weeks away, it is time to get ready for the holiday and make a plan to ensure everyone enjoys a safe celebration. The spooky holiday screams for safety as kids of all ages get ready for a sugar loaded freight fest. As a landlord or property manager, you cannot always count on your tenant to take the necessary steps to make sure you property is safe for the high traffic, night time event. Whether you manage a single-family home a multi-unit complex, help your tenants and visitors have a safe and fun Halloween by taking the following precautions to safeguard your property.
Keep Outdoor areas well lit
While a dimly lit hallway might add to the spook factor, you will be much better off ensuring your property is well lit. Beyond front doors and entry ways, make sure stairways, walkways, and parking areas adequate lighting. A well lit dwelling will make trick-or-treaters feel more comfortable and will also deter vandalism from Halloween pranksters.
Remind tenants about fire safety
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a few brightly lit jack-o-lanterns and luminarias but they can easily get forgotten or overturned. Remind your tenants about your open flame policies and make sure smoke alarms on your property are working properly. An easy alternative to open flames are battery-powered, flameless candles like these ones from Target, Flamess Candles.
Keep Common Areas Clear
I’m all for cobwebs, carved pumpkins and tombstones but make sure they aren’t in the way of a clear walkway. Bulky costumes, masks and unsteady children are a recipe for disaster if any obstacles cross their path. Make sure decorations are kept to the sides of any high traffic passage and remind your tenants to pick up any loose debris that might have been neglected.
Keep pets enclosed
Strange noises and unfamiliar visitors can make pets feel anxious, remind your tenants to put their pets in a back room during the festivities to prevent them from getting out or acting aggressive.
What do you do to celebrate a safe Halloween?