AAA Colorado Offers Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

DENVER, October 25 – Don’t let Halloween haunt you this year. Follow AAA Colorado’s advice to have a safe Halloween.

While a fun and festive holiday, Halloween poses several important insurance considerations. According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, more vandalism claims are filed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Additionally, increased pedestrian traffic during the evening, when visibility is diminished, can contribute to a higher number of pedestrian-related motor vehicle injuries.

Following these basic steps can take some of the fright out of Halloween night:

Halloween safety advice

  • Use flameless candles if possible, and always keep lit jack-o-lanterns out of the reach of kids and pets. If a Halloween candle does cause a fire, a standard homeowners or renters insurance policy may provide coverage for fire-related damages.
  • Keep pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters, especially if they are easily frightened or become over-excited when they see strangers.
  • Turn on your car’s headlights earlier in the day to increase visibility on the road. Drive slowly in residential areas and watch out for costumed kids that may be crossing streets or darting out from between parked cars.
  • Keep pathways outside of your home well-lit and clear of objects to avoid injuries to party guests or trick-or-treaters. In the event that someone is injured on your property, the liability portion of your homeowners or renters insurance policy may provide coverage.

Avoid having your car vandalized or stolen by parking it in a secure and well-lit area. Make sure the windows are up and the doors are locked. The optional comprehensive portion of your auto insurance policy typically covers damage due to vandalism.

AAA Colorado has more than 640,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides over 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings.