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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Homeowners

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Homeowners

There are many features that people look for when buying a home. One of the most important features is often the neighborhood.

In neighborhoods populated with families and young children, Trick-or-treating is about more than just giving neighborhood children candy. It is a great opportunity for community bonding. Halloween is a very exciting time of year for kids and many adults.

The candy, the decorations, and costumes are all part of what makes Halloween fun but also a little dangerous. Here are some safety tips for Trick-or-treaters and Homeowners.

Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters: 

1. Feed your children a good meal before going out so that they will be less likely to binge eat their candy before coming home. This also allows adults to inspect all of the candy before it gets eaten to ensure that it is safe. 

2. Help your children to pick out safe costumes, ones that are not too long and could trip them, or cover their eyes and make it hard to see. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective to make sure your children can be seen by drivers. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to dark costumes, and carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra visibility.

3. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, allow them to draw on the pumpkin and then have an adult do the cutting. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick to light your pumpkin instead of a candle. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains or other flammable objects and never left unattended.

As children take part in their first couple Halloweens, they should be accompanied by an adult. Once old enough, kids should always travel with a buddy or in a group.

Homeowners also need to take safety precautions on Halloween:

1. Keep your lights on, inside and out, if you want trick-or-treaters to come to your door. Most parents interpret darkness as a sign the homeowner does not wish to be disturbed. Sometimes, even with lights off, people may still attempt to knock. Therefore, as an extra precaution, it is still a good idea to leave an outside light on so people can see where they are walking.

2. Keep driveways and walkways clear of debris. Children are very excited walking from door to door. Help prevent trips and falls by making sure there are no obstacles in their way. 

3. Confine your pets. Sure, it is cute to dress up your pets and have them help you hand out candy. However, all of the trick-or-treating excitement and commotion could stress your pet and cause them to run out the door, or worse, bite someone. Help set your pet up for success and do not have them loose in the house while you hand out candy.

4. Do not have candlelit carved pumpkins on display. Young children may not realize the flame is real and could burn themselves. Additionally, this can present a fire hazard to your home. 

When children return home with a bounty of goodies, the feast can wait until parents have thoroughly inspected it. Throw away any treats that are not commercially wrapped or have holes in the wrappers. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should remove any suspicious items.

Most of all, be safe, have fun and enjoy your neighborhood! Contact me today, If you or anyone you know is planning to move or relocate. I would be happy to serve your real estate needs. Rosalind Booker: Your premier real estate professional serving Collin County and surrounding DFW cities: 972-996-4702, roz@arbrookrealty.com, www.arbrookrealty.com.com

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