Top tips for preparing your home for Halloween.
Halloween is undoubtedly going to be a little bit different this year. We won’t have to prepare for trick or treaters and most of us probably wont even be leaving the house. For most, it’s a fun time of the year filled with harmless fun and banter, for others however it can be a scary time in terms of keeping your house safe.
Reducing risks in our homes is something we all do subconsciously, we do it for the safety of our families and we do it to keep everything intact. Naturally the more risk free your house is, the less likely you are to have to make a home insurance claim. At insuremyhouse.ie we like to give all the tips we can to ensure that your house is a risk free as possible and that your house insurance quote is therefore cheaper.
Here are some key tips for keeping your house safe this Halloween.
1.If you aren’t home, light up your house.
With lockdown 2.0 in full swing we’d like to hope that everyone will be home for Halloween this year, but If you happen to be outside of the house for whatever reason, it’s vital to keep your house well lit.
There are three types of lightening’s that you can avail of and they don’t just work to keep your house safe on Halloween but all year round too. Essentially, there timed, motion and off. A combination of both timer and motion lightening is the best strategy if you are going to be away from your home at any stage.
The entire perimeter of your home should be well lit, with lights that are timed to come on at dusk and dawn. Areas of accessibility should also be kept lit up like the region around your front and back door.
2.Be fire conscious.
If you have piles of vegetation sitting around your garden and if you’ve been avoiding sweeping the up then now is a good time to do it. Anything around the exterior of your house that’s flammable should be removed prior to Halloween antics. Halloween is a popular time for rogue fireworks, and unfortunately if one happened to land in your garden, old vegetation could quickly go up in flames.
You don’t want to see damage caused to your home and you don’t want to have to call your home insurance provider so it’s best to reduce the risk from the outset entirely.
Have a scope around your garden and the exterior of your house this year and remove any risks before they happen!
3.Keep valuable possessions away from windows and keep your blinds closed where possible.
Phonewatch.ie has advised that on Halloween night there bound to be more people than usual out and about, even this year! Whether they’re driving around to look at lights or out for evening strolls, you don’t want your valuable possession on display in a near by window.
Reduce enticement by keeping your most sacred possession in a space in your home that isn’t directly visible from the front of your house.
This will help to reduce the risk of burglary if you are not home.
4.Keep your windows and doors locked.
Apart from rogue fireworks there can be other rogue movement on Halloween. Youth’s messing and paying games could see you with someone knocking on your door, trying to open it and running away. You can avoid a lot of the stress of this messing by keeping your front and back doors locked securely.
With ‘egging’ unfortunately a prominent ‘trick’ being played on Halloween, it’s essential to keep windows closed and bolted. While you can always clean egg residue off the exterior of your window, it mightn’t be as easy to remove it if a luckily aim lands one inside your property.
If you have an indoor garage to store your car it might be a good time to utilise it also, failing that you should definitely park your car where you can see it from your house, just in case!
5.Consider a neighborhood watch programme.
Before Halloween, it’s always a good idea to communicate with your fellow neighbours to come up with a basic strategy for improving security in your area. Even if you live in a very safe neighbourhood, having a contingency plan in place is good for peace of mind.
Partnering up with neighbours ensures that homes, children and precious belongings are kept safe. Why not all agree to keep an eye out on the night, not just on your property but others’ property too. You could all join a whatsapp and alert each other if anything out of the ordinary happens.
While the likely hood of something sinister happening is very low, it never hurts to have a good communication flow with your neighbours in case something does go awry.
While Halloween usually comes and goes without much fuss, it’s important to reduce the risks both external and internal in your home. All of these tips are just as relevant for every other night of the year as they are for Halloween. So why not give yourself some peace of mind and take steps to protect your home?
At Insuremyhouse.ie we want everyone to feel as safe as possible in their homes. While we encourage people to take all necessary precaution we want them to know that if the unexpected happens, we’re here. Reach out to insuremyhouse.ie for cover that is cheap and effective.