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Beware the Cost of April Fools: Pranks Gone Wrong

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Mar 26, 2015

Beware the Cost of April Fools Pranks Gone WrongWe all know that friend or family member who tries to play an epic April Fools joke each year to claim the title of "Best Prankster.” 

Unfortunately, what may seem like an innocent joke at first may result in serious damage to one’s home, not mention the safety of those involved.

We’ve rounded up the top prank safety tips to help you keep the laughs going this April Fools Day.

A Few Common Pranks Gone Wrong…

Vandalism

From shattered windows to egg-covered houses, vandalism is one of the leading ways April Fools Day pranksters wreak havoc on homes. According to Gallup's annual crime poll, 14% of U.S. households were victims of property-related vandalism in 2014.

Protect your home against vandalism by keeping your car off the street and secured in the garage, if possible, and have a neighbor keep a watchful eye on your home while you’re away.

The Problem with Peek-A-Boo

While jumping out and scaring your houseguest is one of the oldest tricks in the book, it doesn’t mean it’s a wise idea. This classic prank is sure to startle your houseguest, and may result in serious injury, whether it be from them falling or dropping something while trying to run away.

If someone gets injured on your property, you may be liable for covering their medical bills or even legal damages should they decide to sue.

The Boy Who Cried “Fire!”

Fire and robbery are no laughing matter. Faking one of these incidents is a guaranteed way to put your family or friends into an excessive state of distress, and cause an unnecessary house visit from the police department. 

Don’t risk damaging relationships for an Aprils Fools prank – stick to light-hearted jokes instead.

Safety Precautions to Keep In Mind While Devising Your Prank

Plan Ahead

Spontaneous pranks have a tendency to end disastrously. Plan your prank in advance to ensure that you don’t miss a crucial detail that could turn your innocent joke into a hazardous situation for everyone.

Avoid Pranks That Could Damage Your Home

No prank is worth causing damage to your home. Let’s face it, no one will be laughing if you burn down the kitchen or destroy that expensive piece of furniture. Before executing your prank, consider how it will impact the safety of your home, as well as the people in it.

Pranks Should Be Funny… NOT Mean

The purpose of a prank is to make people laugh, not cry. Avoid pranks that may put a person in unnecessary pain or distress, such as a fake breakup or death notice. These pranks have the potential to instigate drastic reactions and may lead to tragic results.

Test Out Your Prank

Don’t play a prank that you wouldn’t mind being on the receiving end of. Before pulling a prank on someone else, try it out on yourself. This will ensure that your prank is safe before putting it into action.

Most Importantly… Have Fun

April Fools tomfoolery is about having fun, laughing and making memories. Make sure your target appreciates the humor of the joke, and be prepared to be on the receiving end of a prank in the future.

What’s the best April Fools Day prank you’ve pulled?