As a business, getting involved in holiday events can help to boost your recognition in the community. It shows you care enough to get involved and aren’t all about business. You can have fun too. It’s important to take safety into consideration when hosting events at your business, especially with the increased foot traffic you are likely to experience. Here are some things to consider if you plan to partake in the Halloween festivities.
Depending on where you live, the weather can make a difference in the Halloween trick-or-treating experience both for you and for visiting children and adults. If it snows or is cold enough to make the sidewalks icy, you need to take precautions by keeping the sidewalk, stairs, and pathways clear and salted. You should check that there are no icicles hanging from the gutters as they can pose a risk to anyone walking nearby should they fall.
If your business is accessed from inside, such as in a mall, make sure that the floors remain dry from spills and wet shoes so that no one slips and falls. Children will be running around and won’t likely see wet areas. By taking precautions, you can help to reduce these injuries. Make sure that the path to your door is well-lit and free of debris. If holes or uneven areas are present, it’s best to have them taken care of beforehand, but if this isn’t possible, warn people with a sign so they don’t trip and fall.
If you are handing out treats, you want to make sure that they are safe for everyone. Your safest bet is to hand out peanut-free, allergy-friendly candy. These days there are so many options for treats that everyone can enjoy. You can make yourself even more memorable by having a candy company print custom wrappers with your business name, logo, and statement that they are allergy-friendly treats. Always double-check with the company that you choose to ensure the items you want match your criteria.
Decorating for Halloween is fun and can attract people to your business, but you need to practice precautions when doing so. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 25% of Halloween-related injuries treated in hospitals are the result of falls while putting up or taking down decorations, tripping on costumes, or walking while trick-or-treating.
Avoiding candles is wise. Instead, use LED candles to place inside jack-o-lanterns and in windows. If they get tipped over, there’s no danger of a fire-related emergency. Decorations should be placed where they won’t be tripped over as visitors come and go. Doorways are not the ideal spot for decorations.
If your decorations include elements meant to scare people, place them away from any steps. Otherwise, someone walking up the steps could be startled and fall, resulting in injury to them and trouble for you. As a business, it may be best to avoid such decorations altogether.
Holding a Halloween event at your business is a great idea, but it’s essential to take safety precautions to ensure nobody is injured. Holding a fun event is possible as long as you take the above tips into consideration and provide a safe space for everyone.