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Halloween is fun for kids of all ages, but also presents some safety and security challenges – for kids and adults too. Even if you’re not planning on heading out for trick-or-treat with little ones, you can’t miss these tips.
Vehicles are nearly twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween as on an average day, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute. To avoid having your car egged, damaged, or even stolen, park it in a secure garage or a safe, well-lit area. Double check that car doors are locked and windows are up. If you have video near your driveway or home, make sure the vehicle is in view.
Drive slowly and be on the lookout for ‘creatures’ that seem to come out of nowhere, especially when driving in residential areas. Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. Don’t hesitate to use your horn if you’re concerned that trick-or-treaters may not see you coming.
Lots of lights outside your home an essential part of any home security plan every day of the year. On Halloween, lighting also increases the safety of guests and trick or treaters near your home. If you aren’t going to be home, you can turn lights on or schedule lighting to make it look like you’re home right from your smartphone. Make sure walkways and stairs are clear of debris and well-lit to help prevent slips, trips and falls. Please do not use candles – kids with flowing costumes can easily get too close. In your Jack-O-Lantern, always opt for flameless candles. Make sure your cameras are working properly and make sure outside cameras are clean and free of cobwebs.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose bright colors for costumes if possible. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Hosting a party? Keep a close eye on party guests. Depending on local laws, you could be liable for injuries that partygoers cause to themselves or others while still at your party or driving home. Serve non-alcoholic beverages and food along with your preferred potion. Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
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