16 Oct How to Keep Your Home Safe for Halloween
Halloween is, for the most part, a delightful time for children and young adults to have fun and feed their sweet tooth, but it can sometimes be ghastly for adults trying to protect their homes from rowdy revelers. Unfortunately, Halloween brings out those who celebrate with reckless pranks (like egging houses) that can damage a your home. It is also an opportunity for burglars to strike when you are out trick-or-treating or at a Halloween party.
Here are some ideas to help you protect your home from the “bad eggs” during Halloween.
Safety tips to protect your custom home from rowdy revelers:
- Trim hedges and bushes around your home’s windows and doors to make your home more visible and reduce objects burglars can hide behind.
- Be sure to activate motion detecting lights around your home if they are installed, especially at all entrances, so you are alerted when someone or something is approaching your home.
- Install motion detecting lights if you do not have them at present.
- Do not leave the spare keys hidden outside; far too many know where to look to find a spare key.
- Keep all doors and windows locked even if you are home. Check to be sure to locked them when you leave to trick or treat or join a Halloween party.
- Be sure to activate your alarm system to truly secure your home when you are home and out.
- Resist the temptation to leave a bowl of candy by the front door. This invites trouble and signifies that no one is home.
If you are in the process of building your new home with another builder, make sure to follow the tips below:
- All openings should be securely covered with boards and wood to prevent access.
- All debris should be cleaned up at the end of the work day to create a clean and safe area.
- All tools, including ladders, drills, etc., should be put away in a protected area like the garage to prevent others from accessing them. Ladders can be used to gain entry to your home and other work tools in the wrong hands can hurt someone.
- Valuables should be removed from the home during renovations and/or stored in a fire proof safe to ensure they are not damaged or stolen.
- All good contractors, like Devonshire Custom Homes should have a safety plan and rules for each job site that is shared with all workers on the job. Ask your contractor for a copy, it gives peace of mind knowing your home is in good hands.
Now your are ready. Enjoy some spooky fun with family and friends. Devonshire Custom Homes wishes everyone has a happy, fun and safe Halloween!