This is a special guest post written by Sherry Holmes. Lexis is a member of Holmes Approved Homes.


Halloween is my FAVOURITE time of the year. If you follow any of my family on social media, you know we always go all out. I also love decorating my house for halloween, it’s a lot of fun and my girls love it. If you are starting your Halloween decorations, read these safety tips first!

Use your ladder safely when hanging halloween lights on your home.
  • Maintain a 3-point contact when you are on the ladder. This can mean two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand when climbing or descending a ladder
  • Place your ladder on a stable surface.
Inspect your lights before you put them up
  • If your lights have damaged or frayed wires, I recommend replacing them. Don’t take the risk! Electrical fires are dangerous.
  • If any of the bulbs are broken, replace them from the same manufacturer.
Make sure extension cords stay away from water
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Common sense. 
Be careful about where you are placing outdoor lights
  • Keep lights far away from dry trees, shrubs, and other plants that can catch fire.
Fix cracks in your driveway
  • Cracks can be a tripping hazard for trick or treaters, especially when it’s dark outside. If the cracks are small, you can find a good product in your local hardware store to fix it. I recommend Sikaflex, tried and tested!
Choose Outdoor-Rated Decor
  • Your Halloween decorations and lights should be rated for outdoor use. Otherwise, you risk electric shocks and fires happening and trust me this is not something you want to mess with.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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