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Plan to make your Halloween safe

by jmaloni

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Tue, Oct 29th 2013 05:55 pm

With the fun and spooky Halloween holiday coming up, there are some special considerations you should make with regard to decorations, costumes, props and more. Here are some simple tips from Allstate to ensure that you and your trick-or-treaters can live the good life this Halloween.

Take care, when using electronic props; overloading your outlets could potentially cause a fire.

Restrict your choice of costumes and decorations/props to flame resistant/retardant options.

If you decorate your front yard, steps or walkway, be sure to place items to reduce tripping risk for your trick-or-treaters.

Check labels on decorative props/paints to make sure they will not create permanent damage to your home or property.

Keep a working fire extinguisher on hand in case of an accidental fire.

Only use electrical decoration that has been tested by an independent lab (e.g., UL approved).

Recruit your neighbors and work with them to watch out for each other's homes.

Take time to wash residue from eggs on painted surfaces. The longer you leave them, the more permanent damage to cars or siding is likely.

Refrain from wearing poorly fitting costumes that make it difficult to walk; keep your balance.

Eliminate vandalism temptation by putting away outdoor valuables (grills, bikes, ornamentals, etc.)

Always remove masks/costumes that may impair your ability to see while driving.

Try using flashlights, glow sticks or battery powered candles instead of real candles, to reduce the risk of fire

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