HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR 2017
The leaves are falling, the air is crisp and kids (big and small) are ready for Halloween. While Halloween may be a fun holiday for everyone, it’s not always safe and we have to take the proper precautions to keep our families and neighbors safe. Last year, a local party turned violent when a man dressed in a Freddy Krueger outfit pulled a gun from his costume and opened fire into a crowd, injuring 5 people. In preparation of the beloved fall holiday, we’d like to offer some tips to keep your children and homes safe.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
- One of the most important jobs of a parent and neighbor is to keep an eye out for trick or treaters on the road.
- Adding reflective stickers to costumes and/or treat sacks, and carrying flashlights creates added protection for young boys and girls.
- Children under 12 years old should always have an adult with them when walking from house to house.
- Remember to skip homes that have left the porch lights off, as it has the potential to be a more dangerous situation.
- Put emergency identification on costumes or on your child’s wrist in case they get separated.
Safety Tips for Staying at Home:
- Ensure that home decorations are safe. Do not overload electrical outlets when plugging in your scary indoor décor, especially the older decorations. Ensure lights, cords and electrical outlets aren’t damaged, and clear steps and lawns of any tripping hazards.
- Avoid vandalism by parking vehicles inside a garage, if possible.
- Be sure to leave lights on inside the house, especially if you are not home.
- Gather with your neighbors to create a neighborhood patrol. Showing a presence around the neighborhood may deter would be criminals from wreaking havoc on unsuspecting homeowners.
Halloween should be fun. However, safety should be the primary concern for your family and your home. By staying visible, being aware of your surroundings, and using a buddy system, trick-or-treaters can return home safely with a bounty of treats.