Halloween is the Perfect Time to Check the Safety of Your Property for Ghouls and Goblins


Condominium Owners Need to Set Policies

Condominium owners that have an outside management company need to remember that final responsibility for safety and liability rests with the condominium unit owners. Therefore, if someone is going to let people into the common area, they need to make sure those people are safe. 

Keep Pets Out of the Picture

Pets that are normally friendly may get excited by all the noise and cause harm to the trick or treaters. According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury. And besides, if you’re distracted with handing out candy, the pet might make a run for it out the front door!

Keep the Path Clear

Some municipalities have requirements about how level concrete needs to be for pathways. Be sure you don’t have cement popping up that people can easily trip on. There are temporary solutions available for leveling those potential tripping areas.

Cover Up the Holes

Since some trick-or-treaters do not necessarily use the path to your front door, be sure that ground openings or even swimming pools are repaired, blocked or covered over. Major repairs might require fencing or bright cones to mark dangerous areas.

“Ultimately, it’s really about peace of mind and not fear of legal liability,” said Kroll. “There are some important non-legal benefits of taking the time to check all this out. First, it’s important to find ways to protect anyone visiting your home. Second, neighbors with children will appreciate your care. Finally, it’s a good reason to check on safety issues that can impact your property throughout the year. People have learned to change their smoke detector batteries when they change their clocks. Halloween can be a reminder to check the safety of your home and property.”