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How to Make Your Property Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

halloween costumes for children and dogsHalloween is a highly anticipated time of year for both adults and children. If you will be handing out treats this year, it’s important that you keep your property as safe as possible. When you take the time to make sure your home and yard are safe, the only thing you will have to worry about is making the little ones happy.

1. Property Lines

Many people concentrate on the area closest to their house when thinking about safety. This could be a mistake. Your liability for injury incurred by others starts at your property line. To ensure that there are no hazards, walk your property line and look for anything that could cause someone to trip and fall. Walk the path that people would typically take to your front door. Are there any hazards? If you suspect that there may be an issue, remedy it before you welcome the ghosts and goblins.

2. Lighting

It’s tempting to make your property dark and eerie for Halloween night, but you may unwittingly be making your property dangerous. At a minimum, make sure your entryway is lit brightly. This will not only provide a beacon for the ghouls, but will help shed some light on their path.

3. Decorations

Halloween decorations are becoming more elaborate every year as neighbors try to outdo one another and stores sell amazing pieces designed to delight on-lookers of all ages. If you decorate your property, be sure to tuck any extension cords neatly out of the way. Make sure lawn decorations are secured to the ground, and anything on your walls or roof should be tied down in such a manner that a strong wind won’t send them crashing to the ground.

4. Meet Children at the Sidewalk

What if your yard is a bit too dangerous? What if your driveway is cracked and your walkways are crumbling? You know your property is unsafe but you really want to hand out candy. Consider doing so at the sidewalk or, if  trick-or-treaters walk in the street where you live, at the end of your driveway. This way little ones aren’t risking their safety and you are still participating in the holiday.

No one wants to consider the fact that may be sued for trying to do a bit of good, but that is exactly what could happen if someone is hurt on your property this Halloween season. Make sure your property is as safe as possible before you hand out your first piece of candy and, if it isn’t, make the necessary repairs.

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