As you and your family bring out the Halloween decorations and prepare for parties and trick-or-treaters, take time to evaluate the liability exposures associated with having guests on your property.
Keep the following tips in mind to ensure Halloween is safe and happy for your family and guests.
AROUND YOUR HOUSE
- Make sure sidewalks, driveways and stairs are well-lit for visibility and clear of anything that may create a trip-and-fall hazard, especially if you anticipate having guests after dark for Halloween festivities.
- Avoid any potential hazard by keeping your family pets away from your Halloween guests and visitors. Even the friendliest of pets can become agitated or over-excited with an influx of Halloween visitors.
- Use extreme caution if you decide to place a burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern or around your home for added Halloween ambiance. Candles can be a fire hazard if not appropriately monitored. Consider using battery-operated candles or glow sticks as an alternative.
- Hand out only commercially-packaged treats to your neighborhood trick-or-treaters, .
- Supervise younger children as they go door to door, but remember to secure your home before leaving to avoid any potential thefts.