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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.

Halloween Safety Tips for Adults & Kids

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.


Guard Against ‘Pranks’

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.


Be Cautious and Observant

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. 


Lights, Camera, Action

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.


Keep Costumes Safe

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. 


Party Prep

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.

We compiled these tips from combined articles from the NFPA, Safekids.org, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Mayo Clinic, and the AAA.


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October is Fire Prevention Month. As the weather turns colder we start using heaters, fireplaces and candles more. Here are some quick fire safety tips from the NFPA: Put candles on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and never leave a child alone with a burning candle.

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October is Fire Prevention Month.  As the weather turns colder we start using heaters, fireplaces and candles more. Here are some quick fire safety tips from the NFPA

  1. Put candles on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and never leave a child alone with a burning candle. 
  2. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
  3. Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as coffee makers, toasters or space heaters) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  4. Never burn candles if oxygen is used in the home.
  5. Test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure the batteries are fresh and that your equipment isn’t more than 10 years old.

If your alarm system doesn’t already include smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detection, call us or click today at 410.546.2210. We’ll show you how to keep your family safe by adding life safety protection.

Keep Halloween Safe!

Keep the kids safe this Halloween with tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:  

  1. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  2. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips
  3. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  4. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  5. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. 

Stop by our office on W. Zion Road and pick up McGruff Safety Kits for the children in your life courtesy of Alarm Engineering. These great kits contain safety information for kids (and reminders for adults), all you need for fingerprinting kids and even safety information specific to Social Media and bullying. 

  

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Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

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