Don’t Get Scared This Halloween with These Safety Tips

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


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Don’t Get Scared This Halloween with These Safety

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
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 today.
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