Since candles and lighting equipment are very common for Halloween decorations, be sure to follow the below safety tips if you decide to use them this year:
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I saw my first Christmas display over the weekend.
That means Halloween will soon be here!
Halloween is a great time to review your insurance needs.
Holidays bring increased traffic, accidents and losses from theft and burglary.
Holiday guests increase your liability risks.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
As kids prepare to put on their costumes and roam from house to house next Thursday, parents and neighbors should keep in mind that their presence on the road and around homes requires additional caution.
Be Smart About Decorations Placement
Do not overload electrical outlets when plugging in your scary indoor décor, especially the older decorations.
When it comes to setting up outdoor decorations, follow manufacturer instructions to help avoid unexpected damage to your home or guests.
Set Up Spooky Candles With Care
We recommend whenever possible that folks use battery-operated candles. If you are going to use candles inside of Jack-o'-Lanterns, make sure they are away from curtains, trees or combustible decorations. Also keep in mind how easily these spooky candles can be knocked over by a pet, guest or child. It's always helpful to keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
Make Sure Your Doorway Is Safe for Trick-or-Treaters
Don't "trick" Halloween-goers when they knock on your door this year. Check for damage to your roof and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.
"Make sure that driveways and walkways are cleaned up and well maintained. Also lighting at transitions between the driveway and the walkway can prevent a potentially dangerous situation where someone could slip.
Pay Close Attention When Driving
More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car accidents on Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., compared with the same hours on other days throughout the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eliminate any distractions you might have and keep your eye on the road for any Halloween activity and trick-or-treaters.
Be a Safe Pedestrian
Like drivers, it's important to stay alert and pay attention when walking from house to house with trick-or-treaters. We want to stress to folks as they or their children are out walking on Halloween that they need to pay attention, have a flashlight and have reflective clothing. If people don't have their lights on, don't approach those homes because it has the potential to be a more dangerous situation.
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