Property Safety Tips for Halloween

by Nichole Shahverdi  10/02/2019

It’s time for decorating, dressing up and trick-or-treating. Here are some tried-and-true tips to ensure a safe and Happy Halloween.

Fire Safety: Jack-o-lanterns and luminaries present a very real danger. By planning ahead, you can make this Halloween fire-safe.

  • Use battery powered candles or glow sticks instead of flame candles.
  • If you’re dead set on using flame candles, make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy – for you and your neighbors.
  • Blow out candles if you plan on leaving – never leave them unattended.
  • Double-check that your smoke detectors are operational.

Security: Here are a few precautionary measures you may want to take.

  • Use automatic timers on lights around the perimeter of the property.
  • Security alarms can be costly, but more affordable options are now available, such as SimpliSafe
  • Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your property if you don’t plan to be home. Neighbors can be some of the best security available to you.

Additional Safety Measures: It is important to be proactive, especially if you will not be home during peak hours (5:30 – 8:30 pm).

  • Leave some lights on to appear home.
  • If you leave a candy bowl on the door step, remove clutter and make sure the area is well lit to avoid tumbling trick or treaters.
  • It’s a good idea to bring outdoor pets inside for the night to avoid any potential issues with visitors coming to the door.

 Along with treats, there are unavoidably tricks. Should neighborhood kids target your property, these clean up tips may come in handy.

Removing Toilet Paper from Trees

  1. Act before it rains.
  2. Grab a trash bag and start from the top down.
  3. To safely remove TP from tall trees, use a rake or lengthy yard tool.
  4. If you can’t reach the TP, try a leaf blower.
  5. If the TP on the tree is near a power line, don’t risk it — let Mother Nature handle it.

Getting Egg Off of a Painted Surface like a Car or Front Door

  1. Use a wash and wax solution or mild soap.
  2. Spray onto the stain. Cover the whole stain and let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Use a nylon scraper to remove the stain.
  4. Reapply the wash and wax and rub out the spot.

Follow these tips to help prevent potential injuries, criminal activity, and other safety concerns. We wish everyone a fun and Happy Halloween!

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