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Trick or Treat safety tips every homeowner should follow

By Lenny Lawrence,
Stark County Association of Realtors

 

Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt, and that includes your house. Hot lights and large crowds present some real risks to homeowners. Follow these seven tips for trick-or-treat safety. Read this full article on the National Association of REALTORS® website, houselogic.com : https://tinyurl.com/yccokrue.

 

#1 Make Your Outdoor Lights as Bright as Possible

 

John Pettibone, curator of Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Mass., suggests checking the label on your outdoor light fixtures and using the highest wattage bulbs they can safely handle. You can always switch them back after the holiday for a softer glow.

 

#2 Prop Open the Storm Door for Trick-or-Treaters

 

Pettibone suggests propping open the screen or storm door so it doesn’t get in the way when there’s a big group of kids congregated on your stoop. Yellow caution tape can do the trick while keeping with your Halloween theme. A 1,000-ft. roll of 3-inch-wide tape is about $8.

 

#3 Use LEDs Instead of Real Candles

 

Pettibone warns against lighting real candles in carved pumpkins or paper lanterns; they’re a fire waiting to happen. LED-bulb faux candles are much safer, and the light looks a lot like the real thing. Before you purchase Halloween decorative lights, be sure to look for safety certifications such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

 

#4 Use Motion Lights After the Trick-or-Treaters Have Left

 

When the trick-or-treaters go home, the vandals often come out. Motion sensor lights that illuminate the whole house can help scare away mischief makers out to egg your house or do more serious damage.

 

#5 Tighten Railings

 

Fixing wobbly or broken porch railings is a trick-or- treat safety must, as they can cause severe injuries if anyone leans on them a little too hard.