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Don’t Get Scared This Halloween with These Safety Tips

Friday, October 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Don’t Get Scared This Halloween with These Safety Tips


Irving, Texas (October 30, 2015)
— The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) designated October “Crime Prevention Month” in 1984, in response to growing public concern about criminal activity across the country. Every year since then government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses, and youth organizations have reached out to educate the public, showcase their accomplishments, and explore new partnerships during the month.

Much of the Council’s advice pertains to Halloween, a holiday where kids often venture outside their homes to trick-or-treat in local neighborhoods. While kids look forward to candy and costumes, Halloween can be a legitimately scary time for parents with strangers in masks handing out candy to their kids and legions of trick-or-treaters coming to your door.

However, with some helpful advice from the NCPC and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), you can take some of the fright out of Halloween and focus on making memories with your family.

 

At Home

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that are hard to see at night, to avoid trick-or-treaters taking any scary spills.
  • Keep your house well-lit both inside and out, for both the safety of trick-or-treaters and you.
  • Speak with neighbors and Neighborhood Watch members before the big night to make sure everyone is keeping an eye out.
  • Consider using a battery operated light in your jack-o-lantern; an unattended candle is a fire hazard.
  • Be sure to arm your alarm system when you are not home.

Costume safety

  • Consider using makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct one’s vision the way a mask can.
  • Make sure any costumes you or your children wear are flame-retardant; candles and jack-o- lanterns can pose a fire hazard.
  • Keep costumes short to minimize the risk of tripping while walking the neighborhood.
  • Choose brightly-colored costumes, or attach reflector strips to dark costumes. Give kids flashlights and glow sticks to carry with them while out and about.

Staying Safe while Trick-or-Treating

  • Younger children should always be accompanied by a parent or trusted guardian while trick- or-treating. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those who stick together.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.
  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lit place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • It can be hectic getting kids out of the house to trick or treat. New technology enables you to remotely manage your lighting, door locks and security system from your phone. So, if you upgrade your system with newer technology you will have nothing to fear in the event that you forget to turn on the lights, arm your system or lock your doors as you can handle it from your phone no matter where you are.

ESA recommends working with a trusted security company to ensure your security system is up to date. To find an ESA member company in your area visit www.Alarm.org today.

 

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