Halloween is right around the corner! Before the ghouls, ghosts, and goblins hit the streets, we’d like to offer you a few tips for Halloween safety. Whether you’re a kid, a parent, a neighborhood resident, or a driver, trick-or-treating security tips can come in handy on All Hallow’s Eve.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Kids
- Cross only at corners and be sure to look left, right, and left again. Continue to look as you cross.
- Stay on sidewalks or paths. In neighborhoods without sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Stay alert for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Keep electronic devices in your pocket and stay alert.
- Don’t run across the street or cross between cars
- Carry glow sticks and/or flashlights.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Parents
- Children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Children 12 and over may be permitted to go in groups if parents feel they are responsible enough.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape.
- Use face paint or makeup if possible as masks can obstruct children’s vision.
- Make sure your child’s costume fits correctly to prevent tripping and falling.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Homeowners / Neighborhood Residents
- Trick-or-Treat hours are usually between 5:30 and 9:30. If you plan to participate, let people know by turning your porch light on.
- Always ask who is at the door before answering and check your front door camera or peephole for confirmation before opening.
- If you’re will be out collecting your own candy, be sure to keep your home secure and arm your home burglar alarm system and keep tabs on your to your home with your home control & automation system.
- To avoid spreading germs hand candy directly to children rather than letting them reach into a communal bowl.
- Only pass out individually sealed treats.
- Never invite children into your home.
- Keep pets in another room away from the door.
- Remove obstructions such as lawn equipment, bicycles and more away from paths so children won’t trip. If you have sprinkler heads or other potential hazards, or just want to keep trick-or-treaters out of your landscaping, consider putting up caution tape.
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips for Drivers
- Anticipate HEAVY pedestrian traffic.
- Slow down and pay close attention especially in residential neighborhoods. Excited candy-fueled children can behave in unpredictable ways.
- Enter and exit driveways slowly and use extra caution turning corners and at crosswalks.
- Exercise extreme caution at intersections.
- Put your phone down and eliminate distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
If you want to make sure your home’s security is in check before Halloween brings out the ghosts and goblins, contact Circle Security Solutions today at (305) 667-0444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe & happy Halloween!