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Halloween Decoration Safety

Halloween Decoration Safety

With Halloween just around the corner, you’re probably getting ready to dust off your favorite spooky décor and maybe even purchase a few new fun pieces. Before setting up your decorations, it is important to consider safety above all else. While Halloween can be a fun and playful day of festivities, it can also lead to serious injuries if homeowners, trick-or-treaters, and party-goers don’t exercise some caution.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries is to make sure your Halloween decorations are safe and don’t create any serious hazards. Follow the tips below to keep your home free from unnecessary Halloween dangers.

Top Safety Tips for Your Festive Décor

  1. Halloween Lights & Electronics: The right lighting can really set the spooky mood, but don’t sacrifice safety while creating it! Make sure there aren’t any loose connections, damaged sockets, overloaded extension cords, or other hazards. Make sure any light strands have been tested for safety (UL marking) and get rid of any that may be damaged. Use electronic candles instead of open flames, especially when there are flammable decorations around.
  2. Lawn Decorations: While a shocking zombie emerging from your lawn can be a great scare tactic, you want to make sure you avoid any dangerous obstacles on your steps, lawn, porch, or walkways if you are expecting trick-or-treaters. Avoid open flames in candles and jack-o’-lanterns when possible to ensure no costumes catch fire.
  3. Double Check Your Decorations: If you have props hanging, draped, or set up on high places, make sure these decorations are properly secured. Even a seemingly small piece could cause a serious headache if it falls from a tree or second story. Also, make sure any wires or cords are taped down to avoid trips and falls.
  4. Follow Decoration Instructions: While Halloween may inspire your creative and mischievous side, avoid creating Frankenstein decorations. If an electrical cord or light is marked for outdoor or indoor use only, don’t break the rules. Make sure you know the directions on that fog machine before you set up it and read the safety regulations for any materials you aren’t used to.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.