With Halloween around the corner, make sure your home is prepared and safe for the coming wave of trick-or-treaters. According to premises liability expert attorney Jeffrey Kroll, homeowners should be wary of these points:
Entrance ways should be clear and lighted. Homeowners should not use candles. The open flame is a significant fire hazard.
Pets should be kept away even if they are normally friendly animals. Dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, according to the American Medical Society.
Condo owners must remember safety and liability rest with the unit owners. If people are admitted into the common area, unit owners need to make sure those people are safe.
Make sure pathways are level and clear so visitors do not trip on anything.
Kids don't always use pathways to reach a home's front door. Make sure all holes in your property (trenches, swimming pools, etc.) are either covered or fenced in.
Your neighbors with children will appreciate your care. So, this Halloween, be a good neighbor (and give out the large candy bars too!).
Reading this article also made me think of physical health, as I have gone to some houses where "werewolves" would jump out at the kids and scare the "bejeebies" out of them. I am sure if the kids got hurt from this, that would be a legal matter and safety matter as well.