Here in North County San Diego, many of our communities like to go all-out on Halloween. After all, what can be more fun than handing out treats to kids dressed up as zombies and superheroes? But kids can be at greater risk during this time of year, and it’s important as homeowners to help keep them safe. Here’s what you need to do to make sure everyone stays safe at your North County home this Halloween.
Light it up
We know that it’s in the spirit of the holiday to create a dark and creepy atmosphere. But to keep trick-or-treaters safe, you need to make sure they have plenty of light to see. Costumes and masks can restrict their vision, so be sure all pathways have sufficient light. It also helps to deter would-be thieves.
Don’t use flames
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack-o’-lantern or two. But instead of using real candles, opt for battery-operated versions instead. Open flames are obviously a fire hazard, and there are now flameless candles that are so convincing you’d mistake them for the real thing.
Keep it clean
In their excitement, many kids won’t pay close attention to potential obstacles in their way. Clean up your yard, sidewalks, driveway, and porch of all fallen leaves, branches, and other debris. Nothing ruins a good time more than a nasty spill or a twisted ankle.
Protect your pets
No matter how friendly you think your dog is you don’t really know how they will react during the excitement of Halloween. With so many youngsters in costumes coming to the door, your pet could easily get distressed. Keep your pet safe by keeping them confined in a space away from the front door.
Park your car in your garage
If you have a garage, then you should make arrangements to park your car inside on Halloween. Perhaps it’s just the incentive you need to clean it out. Cars are more likely to be stolen or vandalized on Halloween, so it’s best to keep them safe inside. And avoid driving during trick-or-treating. Excited kids with limited vision can more easily be hit by a car, no matter how careful you are.
Attend to your alarm
For those with alarm systems, be sure to disarm them before trick-or-treating begins. With the door opening and closing so often, you don’t want to risk setting off a false alarm. Once you’ve finished for the evening, don’t forget to set the alarm before you go to bed.
Check your homeowner’s insurance policy
Finally, don’t wait until it’s too late to find out you’re not adequately covered by your homeowner’s insurance. There are more insurance claims on Halloween than any other day of the year – from dog bites to vandalism. If you’re not sure what your policy includes, contact your insurance agent.
Get more information
If the thought of buying or selling a North County San Diego home gives you goosebumps, then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. Our award-winning agents are here to answer all your questions and make the real estate process less scary. Have a safe and fun Halloween!