- Clear the Walkways
Toys, rakes, stones and wet leaves - clear them all out of the way before trick-or-treating starts. A quick clean-up is one of the easiest ways to make your home safer.
- Light it Up
Turn on your exterior lights, including any flood lights, to help create a safe path for trick-or-treaters or any night time visitors.
- Corral Your Pets
Constantly opening and closing the door makes it easy for pets to escape and possibly harm a child. A better idea is to keep pets in a secured room or wing of the house where they won't be able to run out the open door.
- Lock all Other Doors
Mischief can happen when you're doling out candy, so play it safe by locking all your other doors including garages and cars. The FBI reports that approximately 30 percent of all burglaries are committed without force, courtesy of an unlocked door or window.
- Skip Candles
Candles may be the traditional way to light up those jack-o-lantern's, but it's not worth the fire risk when you consider all the draping costumes and accessories that will whiz by the flame. Consider using flameless candles or battery-operated lights instead.
- Pick a Good Spot.
If you have a lot of stairs or a long, winding path, consider handing out candy at the end of your driveway. The easier trick or treaters can get to you the better.
According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie,
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