Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Break-ins, Vandalism and More at Halloween

Category: Homeowners and Renters Insurance

It is time to prepare your home for next week’s barrage of tiny visitors in scary costumes. And it is an ideal time to make sure that you have taken appropriate security precautions to help avoid break-ins and vandalism.

Halloween Home Security Tips

  • Keep the lights on inside and outside your home, even if you are not at home. If you are home, your house will be welcoming to trick-or-treaters. If you are not at home, you will reduce the risk of break-ins, vandalism or other mischief.
  • Report any suspicious activity to local authorities.
  • If you have a reliable security system, be sure to engage it when you are away from home.
  • Use motion sensing lights near all entryways, especially garage and patio doors.

Halloween Homeowners Safety Tips

  •  Clear a path from the driveway to the front door.
  • Carve pumpkins carefully.
  • Don’t place pumpkins where people have to walk. This can be a trip and fall hazard, as well as a fire hazard.
  • Avoid using real flames inside jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep pets restrained or inside the house.
  • Trim hedges and bushes to help increase visibility for trick-or-treaters and reduce accidents.

Halloween Safe Kids Tips from the National Safety Council

  • Never let children carve pumpkins. Adults should carve them on a sturdy surface with a safe carving knife.
  • Consider painting pumpkins as a safe alternative to carving.
  • Be sure children’s costumes can be seen in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes are flame resistant and fit properly. Masks should not obstruct vision.
  • Remind children to walk on sidewalks and not cut across yards, alleys or driveways.
  • Remind children to obey all pedestrian traffic rules.
  • Children should only approach well-lit homes.
  • Children should carry flashlights, and cell phones when possible.
  • A parent or a responsible adult should always accompany children under the age of twelve.

You should never skimp on safety, especially at Halloween. A trip, fall, break-in or injured child will not only spoil the fun, but will also put you at increased risk for homeowners insurance claims and even lawsuits. A few simple safety precautions can help put your mind at ease and keep your visitors safe.

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