Halloween is a night of thrills, costumes, and mischief. Trick-or-treating makes it easy for vandals and intruders to blend in and see who is home or not. It’s important to secure your Texas home before Halloween night for both the safety of your home and the safety of your guests. Follow these Halloween home security tips from Safe Residence and Community Insurance Services to keep your home and family safe:
- Create A Clear Path
Make sure walking paths outside your home are passable. This includes your driveway if it connects your sidewalk to your door. Move all obstructions such as lawn ornaments, gardening supplies, and other debris to prevent guests from stumbling or injuring themselves in the dark.
- Keep Your Pets Away from The Front Door
For the safety of your pets and visitors, it is important to keep animals away from the entrance. This will make sure they don’t get overly excited and run outside.
- Keep The Lights On
Turn on all exterior lights so visitors can see the ground clearly. Illuminating your yard will also deter vandals because your property is obviously occupied.
- Avoid Open Flames
If you plan to light pumpkins with candles, make sure they’re away from walking areas where they can be kicked over. Consider battery powered candles instead for illuminating decoration.
- Arm Your Home Security System
Don’t forget to set your home alarm before leaving the house. This is a prime night for mischief and burglaries.
- Test Your Fire Alarms
Check your fire alarms in the days leading up to Halloween. With pumpkins being lit, there are many open flames and it’s important to ensure that your alarm system is operating properly.
- Use Your Garage
If you can, park your car in the garage to protect it from being vandalized or accidently damaged by foot traffic.
- Don’t Open the Door After 9:30
On average, trick or treaters are usually out between 5 and 8 PM. This accounts for most young children. If you’re passing out candy, stop serving as soon as your neighbors stop. This way, you’re not leaving your door open too late, which may attract unwanted visitors.
Prepare for Halloween before the night arrives so that everyone can have a safe and spooky evening. Even though some might be out for mischief, these tips will keep your Texas home secure from ghosts and goblins and other things that go bump in the night.