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Texas Halloween Safety for Homeowners

Halloween in Texas is a special event. When you think of Halloween, you probably think about candy, costumes, haunted houses, and parties. However, homeowners need to think a little deeper to make sure their home stays safe this Halloween.

Outdoor Halloween Safety

Kids that are trick or treating are bound to visit your home throughout Halloween night. Considering the amount of kids that are unsupervised, it is important that you do your part to keep them safe. To do this, remove:

  • Ladders
  • Hoses
  • Dog leashes
  • Flower pots

These items may not seem dangerous, but they can trip young children or older children may decide they want to act foolish and hurt themselves while climbing the ladder or using a hose.

Fire Safety

Halloween is known for lighting candles. Many choose to put lit candles in pumpkins, while others place them throughout the home for spooky lighting. Unfortunately, this can be one of the most dangerous things you can do on Halloween.

  • Use battery powered jack o’lanterns instead of real candles.
  • Make sure all decorations, especially those that are paper and cloth, are not in danger of being blown into an open flame.
  • If you have pumpkins with real candles inside, make sure they are not in the way of where trick or treaters will be walking and standing.

Halloween Safety for Pets

You can find videos online of animals scared of Halloween masks their owners put on. Now consider your dog seeing many different Halloween masks through the night and it’s easy to see how pets can get frightened on Halloween. Keep them indoors so they are not run over by cars and so they don’t bite a trick or treater.

Odds are, there is going to be Halloween candy in your house. You need to keep it out of reach of animals since it can harm them. This is especially true for dogs and chocolate. If you own a dog, keep Halloween candy in a bowl out of their reach. It’s best to keep the candy in a cabinet or the dog out  a room with candy. If dogs do eat chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Handing Out Halloween Treats

If you want to give kids healthy treats, you still do not want to endanger them in any way. Consider handing out items that are still in their original packaging:

  • Low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling
  • Single-serve boxes of cereal
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Packaged fruit rolls
  • Single-serve packets of popcorn

You can also pass out non-food items, such as:

  • Plastic rings
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Stickers
  • Coins

 

Resources:

http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/index.aspx?NID=608

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/halloween_safety.pdf

 

 

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