Your Halloween should be filled with ghouls and goblins but the real nightmare is if something happens to your home! According to a Travelers insurance representative, on average there is a 17% increase in crime-related claims on Halloween. While Halloween is a chance to party and for the kids to go trick or treating, it is also great for thieves. If you are not home, make sure your house appears occupied, leave some lights on and ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your place while you’re out. If you do decide to stay home, make sure to keep valuables away from the front door, as costumed thieves can snatch keys, wallets, or other valuables as you open the door.
Additionally, it is a good idea to keep your vehicles locked and parked indoors if possible. Like with all holidays, people tend to drink heavily on Halloween and may have the urge to be mischievous. Cars can end up keyed, egged, or broken into if they are left on the street.
If you are decorating your home this evening, you should make sure all electrical decorations are marked with safety certifications from nationally-recognized laboratories. It is a good idea to avoid stapling or nailing through electrical wires and make sure extension cords and outdoor lights are plugged into GFCI plugs to reduce risk of a short circuit.
Make sure your home is also well lit, especially all walkways to avoid tripping hazards for trick or treaters. This way you can reduce the risk of a slip and fall and avoid injury to those coming to get sweets.
Hopefully with these tips, you can have a fun and safe Halloween!