Between picking your costume, trick or treat adventures and Halloween decorations, the month of October is a busy month. Halloween is one of the many fun festivities to be celebrated before the harsh winter months! It’s no wonder numerous Ontarians begin decorating their front yards with jack-o-lanterns and spider webs. However, it’s important to keep in mind fire damage and theft prevention for your property when decorating your front yard and during Halloween night. Keep reading to learn about some of the potential dangers to your home and how to avoid them this upcoming Halloween!
Protect Your Home From Fire Damage
Halloween is the perfect time to decorate your home and front yard with plenty of spooky decorations. While it might be tempting to go overboard on Halloween decorations to give your house the extra spooky effect, be mindful of the fire risk that comes with ornaments and decorations. Here are some quick tips to help you prevent fire-related hazards this upcoming Halloween!
Be Aware Of Candles
Placing lit candles around your house is a great way to make sure your house is a hit in the neighbourhood and a sure way to get a line up of trick or treaters! But, lit candles can increase the fire risk to your property, so be mindful of where you place your candles around the house. For extra precaution, refrain from using real candles and switch to electrical ones instead. Not only will it minimize the risk of fires, but it’s also cheaper and more efficient!
If you do decide to use real candles, be extra careful about where you place them. It’s recommended that you keep track of all the places you put your lit candles during Halloween. Keep your front yard clear from any candles or open flames. Jack-o-lanterns are great fun to make but having a lit candle inside them can also be the cause of potential dangers around your house. Adding an electrical candle will ensure that your Jack-o-lanterns will still look extra spooky without the added fire risk!
Make Sure Your Front Yard Is Well-Lit
To ensure you are aware of what is happening in your front yard at all times, it’s essential to keep your front yard well-lit. Furthermore, it’s recommended that you keep your porch lights on when trick or treaters are out to provide a clear escape route, in case of a sudden fire. You may also want to consider investing in lighting near your lawn and the walkway up into your porch to make sure the route to your door is clearly lit for trick or treaters. As a bonus, having signs pointing trick or treaters the way to your porch will also make it very clear to them where exactly to walk and where not to walk.
Minimize Flammable Objects
Costumes on the ground, cotton ghost decorations or any other flammable decorations can be a fire safety hazard for your property. To decrease the risk of a fire breaking out, avoid any decorations or costumes that are flammable. When you are deciding on a Halloween costume for yourself or your children, inspect the costume for any material that is flammable or can easily catch fire. It’s recommended you try to avoid costumes that are made up of cotton or rayon as they burn very easily. When it comes to decorating your house be very careful of curtains hanging down near lit candles along with any cotton-based spider webs you’re thinking of placing near heaters.
Enjoy Your Halloween Safely
Practising these fire safety tips can help you protect your property and enjoy your Halloween night safely! It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fire prevention! To protect your home further, take a look at our home insurance policies. If you’d like to speak to one of our trusted team members, fill out this form and we will get back to you in no time.