Property expert's urgent warning to parents this Halloween as an easy mistake could land them with a £5k fine | The Sun

Many homeowners will be going all out this spooky season in a bid to impress their neighbours, trick-or-treaters or party guests.

However, it could be more tricks than treats as property experts at GetAgent have warned homeowners against putting up decorations incorrectly as they could be fined.

Whilst some of these decorations are a sure way to impress visitors to your home, experts have warned that you need to be careful, as they could land you a fine of up to £5,000 under the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957, if they pose a risk of injury or accidents to visitors or passers-by.

Colby Short, CEO and co-founder of GetAgent comments: “Whilst Halloween is a great time of year to show off your creative skills and bring some personality to your property, it’s important to make sure you do so in a safe and considerate way.

"To avoid risking a hefty fine, homeowners should ensure their Halloween decorations are carefully secured, electrical decorations are properly wired and installed, and spooky decorations are not placed in areas where they could cause obstruction or harm such as on walkways or doorsteps where passersby might not be able to clearly see them, especially as the darker nights draw in.”

To help homeowners in the lead-up to decorating their homes for Halloween, GetAgent have shared some quick tips to keep properties safe for visitors.

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Falling out of favour

Keep driveways, steps and other entry points to the home free from items that could cause someone to fall or have an accident.

Hanging in the balance

For any hanging decorations such as bunting, ensure it’s securely tied so it can’t fall down and create a trip hazard.

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Live wire

If you’re using electrical decorations such as string lights or Halloween animatronics, ensure they’re securely fastened and check to make sure the plug and wires aren’t damaged before turning them on.

Relight my fire

If candles are a part of your Halloween decoration display, make sure they’re out of reach from children and flammable materials.

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