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Safety Tips for Halloween Yard Haunts12 Oct

When planning a yard haunt there are some things that you want to keep in mind for safety reasons. You want to make your haunt scary, possibly bloody and gory but when it comes to your visitors, you don’t want the blood to end up being real. Here are some ideas that might help you make it safer (from Halloween-safety.com)

  • The number one item is to get extra home owners insurance for the nights that you will be allowing people to view your haunt. Nothing can spoil the fun more than a law suit because someone tripped and fell down. Most insurance companies can help you with the problem of extra insurance for the time needed, even if it’s for a night. the expense of a nights insurance will far out-weigh what it could end up costing you with out it!
  • When building your haunt, make sure that the walk ways are far enough away from things so that people can’t trip over them or hurt themselves. This also is good for you, this means that your visitors won’t be able to ruin your props and sets. Some people just have to vandalize at this time of year and ruin it for others.
  • If you have a lot of Jack-O-Lanterns, you might want to try a battery powered light source or light sticks to light them instead of candles.  This cuts down on the fire hazards, such as catching costumes or props on fire. Use something like batter powered pumpkin lights.
  • If you do use real candles, make sure there is no chance of anything blowing into the flames, no cloth, crepe paper streamers or anything that could start a fire.
  • If you are using fake blood, make sure that it won’t be coming in contact with anything stainable like visitors, pets and children. Not only is fake blood sticky but it can stain like crazy!
  • If you have a particularly gruesome haunt set up, make sure you have warning signs up so that those with a weak stomach can be forewarned.
  • If your haunt is going to be publicized, make sure that you get some volunteers to help with crowd control and public safety. Off duty police and fireman are often willing to help out.

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