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TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FOR  HALLOWEEN VISITORS

 

It’s that time of year when the kiddies come a callin’. Not only do we have to keep them safe from strangers or tainted candy, but from minor hazards around your house that could cause an accident, even a small one.

  • Keep the pathway to your door clear of tripping hazards so trick-or-treaters can walk safely. Before visitors arrive, walk around your property and remove any potential tripping hazards.
  • If you’ve got fun decorations out, make sure they are safe ones.  You don’t want a child grabbing at a Halloween decoration that has a sharp edge or can fall on them.
  • Make sure your home is well-lit so visitors can see where they’re going. Check your outdoor lights and replace any burned-out bulbs. Use LED bulbs to keep the area bright and inviting.

  • Candles are a no-no. To set a spooky mood avoid using any open-flame light sources to reduce fire risks. Use LED lights or glow sticks inside jack-o-lanterns or flameless lanterns instead of candles. 

  • Whether you go all out for Halloween or opt for a handful of pumpkins, keep your decorations away from walkways so they don’t block the flow of traffic or emergency exits.

  • Ditto with your stairs. If you have stairs up to your entrance make sure those decorations are well off to the side when trick or treating starts. You don’t want someone tripping on the way down.

  • Have decorative elements that move or pop-up? Make sure they’re made of safe materials like rubber or foam.

  • Keep your pets and guests safe by securing your pet in your home. Loud barking may frighten those who are shy around dogs. Even the best-behaved pet may eventually lose patience after hours of ringing doorbells and screaming kids.

  • Do not leave your treats/candy outdoors for kids to take.  They can be touched, stolen or tampered with.

Comments (11)

Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Rhonda great tips for trick or treat time. In our area we don't have trick or treaters as they all go to school or community events instead.

Oct 24, 2017 11:21 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Lucky YOU!!!!

Oct 24, 2017 02:54 PM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great tips for keeping the trick or treaters safe and enjoying their evening. Hope you have a great day. 

Oct 24, 2017 04:29 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Back when my children were little and my husband wasn't home, I would take them out and leave a bowl of candy on the front porch.  You're right, that would be a huge no-no nowadays!  

Oct 24, 2017 05:13 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

yeah last time I did this they slid fingers through gate and took ALL the candy!!  Nope. 

Oct 25, 2017 06:55 AM
Jackie Adams
Idaho Falls, ID
Jackie Adams

Great tips.  Am I free to use this on my Facebook Business Page?

Oct 24, 2017 06:08 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Be my guest as long as you credit Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Oct 25, 2017 06:53 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Happy Halloween to everybody and may we all find a reason to smile this holiday! Love and light

Oct 24, 2017 10:12 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

These are some great tips and that we have every reason to believe that we can be better at what we do.

Jackie Adams

Oct 24, 2017 10:14 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice. Love the title too!

Oct 25, 2017 04:36 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

I couldn't help myself with that title Sharon!!

Oct 25, 2017 06:50 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for sharing good safety tips for the holiday.

Trick or Treat has greatly changed over the years. It is not the safe event it once was.

Many places now have set up a Trunk and Treat event held at a safe location.

Oct 25, 2017 04:37 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

That sounds nice.  Up until 2 years ago I had kids ringing my bell every 3 minutes. Then I moved to a condo.  I like the sound of your new event better.  

Oct 25, 2017 06:49 AM
Dwight Puntigan
DRP Realty, LLC - Saint Peters, MO
Dwight Puntigan

Well done, I hope you do not mind that I shared it to my Facebook page.

Oct 25, 2017 07:39 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Be my guest--just credit Pillar To Post Home Inspectors!

Oct 25, 2017 07:49 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Every year I buy some candy "Just in case," but we've never seen a trick-or-treater where we live. That's what comes from living in the woods where homes are far apart - and all occupied by "old folks."

You've shared good tips for those who live in populated areas.

Oct 25, 2017 10:07 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

yeah but now you get the candy :-) 

Oct 25, 2017 11:37 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I can’t believe I missed the blog post With the most clever title for Halloween! The things I miss! Or did I just forget that I commented? Hmmm. Love and light!

Dec 18, 2017 11:35 PM