Fabric ghosts fluttering from trees, big blow-up monsters, elaborately carved jack-o’-lanterns, orange lights on roof edges… Every year in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Parkland County and the Edmonton region, it seems more and more homeowners decorate their homes for the visits of little superheroes and princesses out to collect treats on that spooky night.
Keep visitors safe this Halloween:
Check your fire safety measures • When setting up electrical decorations and lights, don’t overload your electrical circuits. • Use battery powered flameless candles in jack-o’-lanterns.
Check for obstructions and hazards in your yard • If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is out of reach of little hands and well secured so as not to be a tripping hazard. • Remove obstacles such as lawn ornaments or garden tools, and rake up wet leaves and other debris. • Light up any decorative elements in your yard to avoid people running into them, or make them part of your Halloween tableau by surrounding them with “crime scene” tape. • Light up your walkway and keep the path clear. Snow on Halloween is always a possibility in our area, and it goes without saying that snow and ice should be cleared away to prevent injury from falls on slippery sidewalks.
Check your insurance coverage, just in case
Protect your home and property too:
• Keep your pets indoors for their safety as well as the safety of visitors. • Place garbage cans inside a building or secure them so they can’t be tipped over. • Park vehicles in your garage if possible. Once you’ve made your home safe, fill up the treat bowls, dress in your spookiest costume, turn on all the lights, and prepare to welcome all the little ghosts and goblins!
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