Trick Or Treaters Safety On Halloween Night

Tripping

Some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.

In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas.

Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and animated figures, relocate the electrical cords so they’re not in anyone’s way.

Lighting

Make sure the path to your house is bright enough for trick-or-treaters to approach safely.

You don’t need to install a full suite of year-round landscape lighting simply to accommodate visitors on Halloween night. There are plenty of temporary and affordable options for illumination, from glow sticks to tea lights.

And although it may seem more in keeping with the mood of this spooky night to switch off your porch light, it’s much safer — not to mention more inviting — to keep it on.

Flammable Decorations

Whether vandals or accidents are to blame, there are many more fires on Halloween than a typical October night, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Holiday decorations are often quite flammable, involving materials such as paper, hay and dried cornstalks.

If you can’t resist adorning your home and yard with such potentially dangerous items, then be sure to keep them away from candles and other heat sources. If jack-o’-lanterns or luminaries figure into your celebrations, illuminate them using LED tea lights, not open flames.

Put Doggie Up

Chances are yours is a friendly dog. But if some Halloween costumes are so convincing as to be frightening to small children, those same getups could be equally disturbing to your pooch — particularly on such a high-energy night.

It’s good sense to contain your dog in an indoor space that’s both comfortable and secure.

A festive parade of goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes will soon be marching to your house. Do your part by clearing the path and lighting the way. Be safe out there, and have a Happy Halloween!

Pet Loss

181883_521595167864626_1945743158_nI have lost so many little one on my journey through life. I found this artwork and wanted to share with my readers. For true pet lovers of all kinds. I have learned that I am not alone when I have suffered the off of one of my little guys. The pain that you go through feels like you must suffer alone because it is hard to let others in. Please pass the piece on to those who have lost as I feel the image is stunning and can give some relief to their pain.

Suitcase Kitty Cat Palace

What a great up-cycle for an old suitcase especially if it were broken at the hinges already. Support the two sides of the suitcase by 2′ doweling approximately 16 inches long (remember the bottom side of suitcase will “eat” up more of the doweling because it has to go down into that end). Put feet on the bottom side with old baseballs, wooden knobs, doweling or some other creative item. I have even seen these with a bed in one and a place to put away toys in the other but if you are going to do this make sure to give your cat the option to see which one he likes the best and after he decides you can always take the bedding out of the one you want to use for toys.