Autumn is the time of the year for crisp, energizing morning strolls and hot cocoa by the fire. With Halloween coming right up, children are getting more and more thrilled to dress up, head trick or treating, go to costume parties and join all of the other fun that is available with this exciting season.
Yet along with the fun times come more than a few potential safety hazards, such as an increased risk of fires. We’re a property management company in Edmonton and we have our own families too, so we thought we would share a few useful Halloween safety tips on how to stay safe this Halloween.
Living in an urban area such as Edmonton, we understand that heavy traffic from pedestrians, bikes, or cars, combined with dark and chilly weather can make Halloween celebrations troublesome and complicated. But if you live in a multi-family building there are many ways for you to have a positive and fun Halloween experience. Here is some advice to make things a little safer this Halloween:
- Rather than buying candles to light up your Jack O’Lanterns, use a battery-run candle or glow stick. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that somewhere around 800 house fires are started by candles each Halloween, resulting in more than $4 million in terrible property damage.
- Dried flowers and cornhusks, paper ghosts and similar Halloween decorations are a huge fire hazard, so be aware of how you place them. Make sure you keep them away from open fires, candles, light bulbs, heaters and anything else that could cause these materials to ignite.
- When purchasing costumes for you and your children, look at the materials they are made from. Make sure to purchase flame-retardant costumes, and make sure that any masks that are to be worn have large enough holes in the eyes so you and your children can clearly see where you are going. Make sure the nose holes are big enough that you and your kids can breathe freely as well. If possible, use face paint or make-up instead of masks.
- Maintain a look out for your children at all times too. Make sure they know all of the safety rules when it comes to fire hazards and being safe during Halloween. Keep an eye on those costumes to be sure they do not accidentally go near any open flames.
- Make sure that all of your fire extinguishers and fire alarms are in good working order. If you haven’t checked or changed your fire alarm batteries in a while now is the perfect time to do so. Also, keep all exits unblocked so you and your loved ones can rapidly evacuate in case the worst happens and a fire breaks out.
Celebrating Halloween in a multi-family building can be wonderful. And by planning collectively with your strata council, property manager, or even just the people on your floor, you can guarantee that all the little vampires, ghouls, and monsters have a secure and enjoyable Halloween celebration. We hope you find these tips useful and that you have a safe, happy and fun Halloween!
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