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halloween decorating safety tips

Jack-o-lanterns, scarecrows, spooky displays, and more…they are all part of the spirit of Halloween. A festive home with lots of decorations makes for a frightfully fun Halloween. Although between the candy, costumes, and decorating, it’s important to remember the safety risks amidst all of the hocus-pocus.

 

Here are some tips for how to safely decorate your home for Halloween:

 

  • When carving pumpkins, choose a clean and well-lit area. Keep the carving to the adults and let kids assist in other ways such as drawing the template or removing seeds. Use a pumpkin carving kit for the correct tools and be sure to supervise children at all times.

 

  • Choose decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Check the packaging and labels to be certain.

 

  • Carefully inspect decorations before use. Cracked pieces and frayed wires can be dangerous.

 

  • When decorating outdoors, be sure to check the labels of any electrical products to make sure they are safe for outdoor use. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.

 

  • Make sure to keep electric cords out of doorways and walkways. Avoid nailing or stapling any cords as it creates a fire hazard.

 

  • Choose battery-operated candles instead of real flames. Use electrical lights and decorations that are approved for safe use by a testing laboratory (such as UL, ETL-SEMKO, or CSA).

 

  • Always turn off decorations prior to leaving home or going to bed.

 

I hope you find this helpful to have a safe and happy Halloween!

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