Safety Tips for Halloween
03 Oct
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Safety Tips for Halloween 2018

The spookiest time of the year is quickly approaching, and you can feel the anticipation in the air and see it in the stores. Halloween is supposed to be all about fun, and just a few minutes of planning can ensure that your night of sugar and scares remains completely good-natured and safe. Trick or Treating should be an enjoyable experience for the whole family, but if you’re worried about safety, and when it comes to your family you should be, here are some brief public safety tips

Rules of the Road for Pedestrians While Trick-or-Treating:

-Keep to the sidewalks when you can, and walk against the traffic if you have to walk in the street.From both a fun and safety standpoint, bright and colorful costumes are your best choice, as you will show up better against headlights and under street lights.

-Regardless of costume color adding reflective tape to your candy bag or costume is another easy and cost-effective safety precaution.

-A parent should always accompany groups of children and teenagers who are venturing out with their friends.
-Halloween is a fun night, but it can also be a night for mischief, and kids and teenagers alike should know where they are going at all times and who to contact in case of emergency.

Rules of the Road for Drivers:

Should you leave your home on Halloween night, it is best to leave a few lights on in your house, and possibly even leave your television on. Some might say that’s a cruel trick on innocent trick or treaters, and others would definitely call that a waste of energy, but according to Traveler’s Insurance, home burglary goes up 24% on Halloween night, so playing an unintentional prank on a few children is a fair exchange for keeping burglars away.

Before leaving the house, make sure that all doors and windows are locked, because a shocking number of burglars enter the house through an unlocked front door.

And the number one rule for being away from home on Halloween night, or at any time, for that matter, is to keep your plans off social media. Another uncomfortable fact about burglaries is that the thief often lives within a few miles of your own home, so the chances of their knowing who you are and what social media platforms you are on are rather high. The less information you give them about when to help break into your home, the better.

One last tip for keeping your home safe on Halloween is to remove anything that could be remotely valuable from your car if you park anywhere outside of a garage. According to the FBI crime statistics, vehicular burglaries rose by over seven percent in 2016, and burglars who might not be brave enough to go after your house might consider your car an easier target.

Rules of the House While You’re Trick or Treating:

-Should you leave your home on Halloween night, it is best to leave a few lights on in your house, and possibly even leave your television on. Some might say that’s a cruel trick on innocent trick or treaters, and others would definitely call that a waste of energy, but according to Traveler’s Insurance, home burglary goes up 24% on Halloween night, so playing an unintentional prank on a few children is a fair exchange for keeping burglars away.

-Before leaving the house, make sure that all doors and windows are locked, because a shocking number of burglars enter the house through an unlocked front door.

-And the number one rule for being away from home on Halloween night, or at any time, for that matter, is to keep your plans off social media. Another uncomfortable fact about burglaries is that the thief often lives within a few miles of your own home, so the chances of their knowing who you are and what social media platforms you are on are rather high. The less information you give them about when to help break into your home, the better.

-One last tip for keeping your home safe on Halloween is to remove anything that could be remotely valuable from your car if you park anywhere outside of a garage. According to the FBI crime statistics, vehicular burglaries rose by over seven percent in 2016, and burglars who might not be brave enough to go after your house might consider your car an easier target.

A few safety precautions will keep you, your home, and your family safe for a fun time of the year. Take a few minutes to plan a safe trick or treating route and make sure everyone has the right contact information before October 31st. Happy Halloween!

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