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Trick or Treat? Make sure your home is safe this Halloween!

It’s time to stock up on candy for the little goblins that will soon be at your door. It’s also time to think about protecting your home and its visitors on the spookiest night of the year.

Avoid danger when decorating

Candles, jack-o-lanterns, lighters and matches can all be fire hazards. Statistics show that decorations involving candles, such as those found in jack-o’-lanterns, result in about 800 home fires in North America, causing nearly $4 million in direct property damage per year. [1]

Ways to help decrease the risk of fire:

  • Consider using a flameless, battery-operated candle or even a small flashlight inside your carved pumpkin.
  • Check indoor and outdoor Halloween lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections. Never overload outlets or extension cords.
  • Only use decorative lights that are certified by the Underwriters' Laboratory of Canada (ULC) or CSA Group.

Clear the path to treats

Little ones are excited to be trick or treating. They may be wearing masks or hats that can obscure their vision. Moms and Dads are busy corralling their kids and may not be watching every step.

Ensure you are not responsible for any tripping or slipping or falling hazards:

  • Ensure your entry and doorway are well-lit.
  • Ensure any ground decorations like signs, gravestones, skeletons and pumpkins are out of the way.
  • Make sure your front yard is clear of hoses, garden equipment, even wet leaves or fallen twigs.
  • When using any hanging decorations like skeletons, ghosts or even cobwebs, ensure they are securely fixed as they could end up falling on someone or causing them to trip.

Sweet treats

If you’re handing out candy be sure to follow a few rules:

  • Skip the nuts! Peanut allergies in Canada affect about 2 in 100 children [2]. Many of them cannot even be around nuts.

Pets and safety

If you own a pet, be sure you help keep it calm. Yes, dogs in costumes may entertain your young visitors and cats can be curious. However, pets can also become too excited, overwhelmed and unpredictable with lots of strangers, especially those in masks. They can jump up, snap or even bolt once your door is open. Keep visitors and pets safe by confining your furry members of the household to a secured area for the evening.

Protect your property

Whether your neighbourhood is booming with trick or treaters or quiet on Halloween, you should take precautions to help protect your home and property:

  • If you’re going to be out, ensure your home security system is activated.
  • Keep unsupervised points of entry like garages, sheds and backyard gates locked and secure.
  • Leave valuables like bicycles, scooters, garden equipment out of sight.
  • Make your home seem occupied, even if it’s not. Set remote lights to come on, use your smartphone to check in on your video surveillance cameras and even enlist neighbours who will be home to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

 

ADT Canada helps keep your home and family safe on Halloween and every day of the year! For more information about our monitored home security systems, video surveillance and other smart home options, call 888.ADT.ASAP and speak to one of our friendly security experts.

 

[1] Aviva Canada

[2] Food Allergy Canada

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