As the streets fill with witches, ghosts and everything in between, it is sometimes easy to forget about your safety. Well, we’ve got you covered with the most important safety measures you should take this Halloween.
Trick or Treating Safety
Flashlights & Reflectors
Make sure to be as visible as you possibly can to others around you, especially vehicles.
Be aware of your surroundings and have your children always look before crossing the street. Try your best to stay on the sidewalk as much as possible.
Travel in Groups
Make sure that your children trick or treat in groups led by a responsible, trusted adult.
Always check the candy before allowing your children to eat it. Try to avoid eating homemade treats, because you have no idea what’s in them. Stick to professionally made and wrapped goodies.
Always test make-up in a small area first and remove it before bed time to avoid skin irritation or potential allergic reactions. Costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible to avoid injury. Wear well-fitting masks and costumes to avoid poor vision and tripping hazards.
Burglars seem to love to break in to homes on Halloween. More people are out of their homes, disorganized and leave doors unlocked. Here are some tips on how to keep this kind of Halloween monster away.
Lock All Doors & Windows
Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and that no ladders are left lying around outside. Avoid having a spare key anywhere on the premises.
Many people turn their lights off to let trick or treaters no that they are not giving out candy, but the problem is that robbers get a different message. That message goes something like “I’m probably not home” or “there is a lot of cover to sneak around and steal stuff”. Controlling your lights with your smart phone remotely or having motion sensing lights is a smart alternative to leaving them on.
Spook the Burglars Away
Zombie costumes are scary to us, how about you dress your home up to scare thieves away. The best costume for your home is an alarm system. Burglars are terrified of cameras, “protected by” signs, sensors and other home security accessories.
Avoid Sending the Wrong Message
Keep your lawn tidy and cut, make sure newspapers don’t accumulate and don’t leave the boxes from your new TV out by the curb. Also, be aware of what you post on social media. Simply announcing your excitement for the out of town Halloween party can let a crafty burglar know that your home is ripe for the picking.
Once you’re safe, protected and ready to go, remember that the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy a Happy Halloween!