1. Use your Virtual Keypad App “Schedules” to automate your lights on Halloween! It’s one less thing you have to worry about while painting faces and sorting candy.
2. Do you have Halloween party plans but want to be sure your older children are home by curfew? Have them use the “Check-In” feature on your alarm keypad to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound.
3. Do your trick-or-treaters have food allergies? If so, be aware of homes with teal pumpkins, signifying safe food and candy options for your little ones. Learn more about The Teal Pumpkin Project at https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project.
4. What’s better than carrying bulky flashlights while trick-or-treating? Glow sticks! Add hands-free glow sticks to your kids’ Halloween costumes to keep them safe and visible in the dark.
5. Children are full of excitement while running from house to house on Halloween. Remind them that even though they can clearly see an approaching vehicle’s headlights, it’s very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at night. Follow the sidewalk. Working one side of the street, then the other, is safest when trick-or-treating.
6. Love to decorate your entryway with candles on Halloween? If so, please make sure there is NO open flame risk! Halloween costumes can make children very vulnerable to decoration hazards. Battery-operated candles are safest!
7. Don’t forget about your four-legged friends tonight! Whether you are dressing them up or not, be sure to keep them safely away from the busy front door. Ringing doorbells and oddly-dressed humans can be a stressful event for pups. Give them a safe space in the house to relax. And be sure they keep their snout out of the Halloween treats! Sugar and chocolate can wreak havoc on their sensitive stomachs.
8. Don’t forget to Fall Back and move your clocks back one hour this upcoming Sunday, Nov. 4th for the time change! And since the time change happens twice a year, it’s also a good time to take care of a few safety items on the household to-do list. Make it a habit to change the batteries in all smoke detectors, confirm your carbon monoxide detectors are working, and replace HVAC/appliance filters.
9. Your security system’s automated lights schedule will adjust with the time change, but now is a good time to review your family’s schedule and make adjustments to your home alarm security features. Review automatic lights & locks, and adjust thermostats to prepare for Fall and Winter.
10. It’s time to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa snuggled by the fire, BUT FIRST, schedule to have your chimney professionally cleaned! A clean chimney can help eliminate a damaging chimney fire.
11. A clogged gutter can cause major damage to your home, including roof leaks, structure damage, etc. As the seasons change, it is a great time to have your gutters cleaned and cleared of all debris. If you choose to take on this DIY project, make sure you have a safe and sturdy ladder for the appropriate roof height, a bucket for debris, and always have a spotter.