Halloween is a favorite holiday for the young and young-at-heart. It’s a time of delicious treats, spooky decorations, creative costumes, and lots of fun. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of mischief and danger. In fact, crime rates can be up to 50 percent higher on Halloween. But don’t let that keep you from joining in on the fun, especially if you’re going to enjoy the holiday at home. You just need a little knowledge and preparation. Here’s what you should do to keep your Honolulu home safe this Halloween.
Keep the lights on
If you’re planning to head out for the evening, then you don’t want your home to become a target for vandals or criminals. Keep the lights on both inside and outside to help prevent a break-in. Conversely, if you are planning to stay home and hand out candy, then be sure your trick-or-treaters can easily see the path from the sidewalk to your front door. Keep in mind that costumes can sometimes limit vision, so make things as bright as possible.
We know that fallen leaves and other debris can help create a spooky atmosphere for Halloween. But they can also create a hazard. It’s easy to trip over leaves and branches, especially in a costume. To prevent scraped knees or even more serious injuries, keep your pathways free of debris.
Keep pets away from the action
Your pet may be the sweetest, most affectionate companion, but you never know how they may behave on Halloween. With all the commotion and people coming by in costume, even the calmest pet can be provoked. We recommend keeping all pets in a closed room away from the front door and your guests. This will help keep your guests – and your pet – safe and less stressed.
Don’t use real flames
Jack o’ lanterns are a staple of any Halloween display. And they look particularly menacing when they have a candle flickering inside them. Unfortunately, open flames can be a real danger on Halloween. Instead of using real candles, use battery-operated versions instead. These are very inexpensive and look just like the real thing.
Keep your car in the garage
If you have a garage, then we recommend keeping your car in it during your Halloween festivities. Your car can be a target for vandalism, so keeping it out of sight on Halloween makes sense. If you don’t have a garage, then try to park your car in a location with low traffic.
Remember to arm and disarm your alarm
Will you be handing out treats on Halloween? Then it’s smart to disarm your home alarm system right before trick-or-treating begins. This will help ensure you don’t trigger a false alarm and have the police unexpectedly knocking on your door. Just remember to set your alarm again before you go to bed. It can give you that extra peace of mind to help you get a good night’s sleep after an eventful evening.