There were an estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters between ages 5 and 14 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While many didn’t participate in 2020 due to the pandemic, the haunting season is expected to see a sizeable rebound in 2021 with potential stops for candy or opportunities for mischief.
“Insurance companies report a significant increase in vandalism and property damage on Halloween,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance company.
Even if your neighborhood ghouls and goblins mean no harm, accidents are bound to occur. Listed are some hazards that could ruin the fun.
Scaring the neighbors and unsuspected trick-or-treaters makes for lots of laughs. However, if someone hurts themselves on your property that could be trouble.
- Keep walkways clear of electrical cords, wet leaves or other debris, any potential tripping hazard.
- Avoid using real candles, substitute with glow sticks or battery-operated lights.
- Use caution when decorating with flammable or dried-out materials such as hay or cornstalks.
“Candles are the source of a significant amount of house fires during Halloween,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent homeowners insurance company.
Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. It adds a great spooky factor to your Halloween party. However, using dry ice improperly can lead to serious burns. Florida Poison Control Centers offer some tips to keep you safe.
- Wear gloves when touching dry ice, to prevent frostbite.
- Avoid placing dry ice directly in punch bowls or cups. It can burn the mouth and throat.
- Don’t store dry ice in an unventilated room and don’t close your car windows when transporting dry ice.
- Ingestion or skin exposure can cause significant damage.
If someone gets burned by dry ice, Florida Poison Control is available 24/7 to help with any poisoning emergency or question at 1-800-222-1222.
Be sure to park your car in a safe area, such as a garage or well-lit location on Halloween. October 31 is one of the top holiday’s for car theft to occur.