Keep your haunted home safe for Hal­loween

Tips for safe Trick-or-Treat­ing

Orleans Star - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Cour­tesy of News Canada

Eerie sounds, spooky lights and jack-o’-lanterns aglow—ex­tra ef­forts at Hal­loween will keep visi­tors com­ing back for both tricks and treats. To keep the fun go­ing, how­ever, it’s im­por­tant to plan your home’s scary set-up with safety in mind.

Dec­o­ra­tions in­volv­ing can­dles, such as those found in jack-o’-lanterns, ac­count for an av­er­age of 800 home fires in North Amer­ica ev­ery year, caus­ing nearly $4 mil­lion in di­rect prop­erty dam­age. Be­low a few tips for both

hand­ing out candy and safe trick or treat­ing. elec­tri­cal dec­o­ra­tions and light­ing, en­sure that elec­tri­cal out­lets are not over­loaded. Con­sider bat­tery or so­lar pow­ered jack-o’-lanterns. dark­ness may set the Hal­loween mood, keep walk­ways well lit and ob­struc­tion free to re­duce the risk of in­jury and al­low many guests to walk through si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

child’s Hal­loween cos­tume is made of flame-re­sis­tant ma­te­ri­als and is well fit­ted. Cos­tumes that drag on the ground can pose a trip­ping hazard, which can be a se­ri­ous dan­ger if kids fall while cross­ing the street. fit your child prop­erly with­out in­hibit­ing their vi­sion. Hal­loween makeup is a safer op­tion. is a very im­por­tant safety con­sid­er­a­tion. Flash­lights with fresh bat­ter­ies, glow sticks and re­flec­tive t ape are must-haves on Hal­loween and will en­able driv­ers to see kids as they go from door-to-door. should al­ways be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult when they go out trick-or-treat­ing. It’s a great way to spend time with fam­ily and en­joy ev­ery­thing the hol­i­day has to of­fer. Teens may want to go with friends. If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged smart­phone in case they get sep­a­rated from the group. to a Hal­loween snack be­fore they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather be­fore you have a chance to in­spect it. Teach chil­dren never to eat treats in pack­ages that have been opened, show pin­holes or have other dam­age. And re­mem­ber, al­ways avoid home­made treats or fruit un­less they are from a fam­ily mem­ber or close friend.

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