Tips to Make Your Community Safe for Halloween
Digested from AppFolio
Halloween brings lots of excitement, but it also brings risk to manage.
Tonight, little ghouls, ghosts and goblins will invade your community. To make their experience safe and fun, AppFolio’s Christina Burch offers some tips for community managers.
Since trick or treating usually occurs at night, the first step is to make sure there is adequate lighting.
“It gets dark earlier this time of year, which can make it difficult for trick or treaters to see where they’re going,” Burch writes. “You’ll want to not only make sure that any walking paths are free from leaves and other debris, but also that they’re well lit. Well-lit walking paths are safer and can help put trick or treaters at ease. Parking lots and common areas should also have adequate lighting installed.”
Pets can be another concern when the trick or treaters arrive. To limit the risk of them getting scared or worse, getting hurt, Burch advises property managers to have residents keep pets inside of their homes during high-traffic hours.
With a lot of people canvassing the community for candy, residents should also test their door locks and ensure they are working as intended.
Fire can be another Halloween hazard. That is why property managers should urge residents to buy flameless candles and check their fire alarms ahead of time.
“Jack-o’-lanterns need candles, and with candles comes the risk of fire,” Burch writes. “No matter how careful renters may be, accidents still happen. That’s why it’s always a good idea to check smoke detectors prior to Halloween and replace batteries as necessary. Failure to do so could result in a fire, or worse yet, an injury or fatality.”