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Halloween Safety: Are Your Decorations A Safety Hazard?

By Alpert Schreyer on October 8, 2015


Halloween is a great time of year where everyone can dress up as his or her heroes or as creatures of the night. You will want to keep your family of little ghouls safe while carving pumpkins, sorting candy, and running amok through the streets. Here are a few tips so you and your family can have fun this year.

DIY Halloween may be a safer Halloween

Halloween costumes and decorations are often made of inexpensive and highly flammable materials and fabrics. Though it may be easier to pick up a costume for your child in a pinch, if you can you should try to make one for them. This means the costume will fit them better (reducing the possibility of sagging fabric that could trip them or dip into a candle flame) and they will be made of more hearty fabrics (cotton, wool, etc.) that will be less likely to fall apart throughout the night.

Store-bought decorations have a similar hazard. They are often made of plastic and other highly flammable materials that can cause damage to your home or injury. Creating your own decorations can be safer (if they are made of organic materials) and may be a fun activity for the whole family. Here are a few neat projects for safe Halloween decorations and costumes!

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Invest in Surge Protectors

Surge protectors can be great for electric decorations. They give you plenty of places to plug in, easy to turn on and off, and don’t end up taking over your house. When you’re decorating try to keep all cords, wires, and decorations away from walkways, sidewalks, and rooms that will be crowded so no one will trip or get shocked. Though everyone likes a good jolt, it should be by a spooky ghost jumping out in a corn maze or plunging your hand into a bowl of peeled grapes – I mean eyeballs!

Go Through your Decorations

Before setting every bat, broom, and boiling cauldron you should look over wires, sockets, batteries, and lights before plugging them in or setting them up. That way there will be little chance of injury or damage to your home. Even though vintage decorations can be a beautiful way to celebrate the season, they won’t be as much fun if they shock you or harm your family or home.

If you have been injured or there is damage to your home from decorations or costuming, be sure to contact DCMD Law.

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