Whether you started getting your costume together last year or don’t plan on starting until next month, there’s no doubt that Halloween is just around the corner. At the end of next month, homes all across the country will be adorned with witches and cobwebs, and Jack-O-Lanterns will once again reside on front porches. On Halloween night, children dressed as ghosts, pirates, and doctors will pay a visit to your doorstep or your garage and receive handfuls of sugary treats.
While Trick-or-Treating is a fun, much-loved tradition, it is important to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe while participating. As many people hand out candy in their garages, this article will detail a list of ways to ensure your garage is safe and ready for Trick-or-Treating.
Clean Your Garage
If you decide to hand out candy in your garage, make sure it is clean. Not only does a clean garage look nice to the copious amount of trick-or-treaters you will have that night, but it also satisfies a multitude of safety concerns. By properly cleaning and organizing your garage, the risk of injuries sustained from tripping and falling over haphazardly discarded items is minimized. In order to avoid any injuries, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean and organize your garage.
The best way to do this is by utilizing wall space. Try installing shelves and racks to keep items off of the floor and out of the way. Hanging bikes and lawn tools will not only keep them out of the way, but it also makes them easier to find when you need them. Storing holiday decorations and other infrequently used items can find a new home in the space above the garage door. Most importantly, it is important to clean out any potentially hazardous chemicals, like fertilizers or gasoline, from your garage.
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Make Sure There is Plenty of Lighting
If for some reason, you aren’t able to fully clean your garage, then make sure that there is plenty of adequate lighting in order to prevent injuries. Creepy lighting is a key part of Halloween, and we understand the desire to make your garage and home as festive as possible. However, when tripping and falling is at risk, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Get Your Garage Door Checked
Nothing ruins the fun of handing out candy from your garage quite like a stuck garage door. Whether the door won’t open or it’s stuck halfway, the best way to prevent this dilemma is by getting your garage door checked by a professional at least once a year. While some garage door repair can be done by yourself, it’s best to leave the tough stuff to the pros.
Be Careful of Fire Hazards
Jack-O-Lanterns and haystacks are Halloween staples, but it’s best to leave these traditional Halloween decorations outside. Decorating the interior of your garage with Jack-O-Lanterns, particularly those that use real candles, is a major fire hazard. To prevent any risk of danger, either use LED candles in the Jack-O-Lanterns, or keep the decorations outside of the house or in the driveway.