It’s that time of the year again when ghosts, witches, skeletons, and pumpkins appear as decorations around the home for the spooky celebration of Halloween. Children and adults are often excited for the tricks and treats during this time of the year, and most are aware of the safety tips for trick-or-treating, yet they often forget that Halloween safety starts at home.

Useful Safety Tips:
Jack-o-lantern’s are often seen as tradition during Halloween, but be sure to use the proper equipment when carving pumpkins and always supervise. Battery-powered candles are preferable to real ones, but if you decide to use a real candle be sure to place the pumpkin away from where trick-or-treaters will walk and away from paper or cloth yard decorations that can be blown into the flaming candle. Never leave the house with candles burning, also be sure they are placed in stable holders where they cannot be knocked down.  If you have light decorations outdoor or indoors, be sure to inspect the lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Never overload electrical outlets, connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Try to clear your yard with any gardening tools, such as ladders, empty flower pots, hoses, etc. If your sprinklers are set on a timer, try to make sure they won’t go off and ruin all the trick-or-treater’s costumes.

Have a happy and safe Halloween from Florida Peninsula Insurance.

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