Not-So-Spooky Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is right around the corner. As your family prepares for haunted houses, trick-or-treating and other spooky festivities, remember to be safe this season. Keep these tips top of mind.
Carefully choose your costume
As your kids dress up as their favorite character, think about the costume’s color, material and accessories. Some of the coolest costumes may look great, but can actually be quite dangerous when your little ones are out and about.
- Choose a bright-colored costume. Make it easy for cars to easily spot your kids at night. If your must-have costume is a darker color, add reflectors, glow in the dark paint or bright accessories so it can more easily be seen in the dark.
- Avoid wearing masks and costumes that cover your child’s eyes, ears, mouth or nose. Any costume that makes visibility or breathing more difficult should be avoided - especially for small children. If the costume calls for glasses or eyewear, remove the lens unless they’re recommended by a doctor.
- Make sure your child’s costume and accessories are flame retardant. Linen and cotton are highly flammable. Instead, look for costumes with nylon or polyester.
- Include your emergency contact information. Write or sew your emergency information onto their costume just in case of an emergency.
Map out a trick-or-treat trail
Trick-or-treating is a common tradition, but beware that neighborhoods can be filled with unfamiliar guests. No matter how well you know your area, pay close attention to your surroundings and remember the following for your safety:
- Never trick-or-treat alone. Go with a group of friends and remember to let an adult know your route before you go. Younger children should always go door-to-door with an adult.
- Be visible to drivers. Walk on the sidewalk or the edge of the road towards oncoming traffic. Pay close attention to street signs and crosswalks for oncoming traffic.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on or sign welcoming trick-or-treaters. Stay away from homes that look vacant, and remember to never enter a home to accept candy.
- Avoid dark places. Trick-or-treat in well-lit neighborhoods and carry a flashlight or extra lighting to clearly see your whereabouts.
Think before eating your treats
Halloween is all about the candy of course, but be careful before digging into your basket of goodies. Some treats may look delicious but could be dangerous if not checked first.
- Never eat homemade Halloween snacks from strangers.
- Pay close attention to ingredients to avoid allergic reactions from candy and treats.
- Parents should inspect all candy before letting their children eat it.
- Be mindful of giving children snacks or candy that could lead to choking dangers.
- Make sure candy hasn’t been opened before eating it. If it’s not factory-made and sealed, throw it away.
Protect your home from vandalism
Vandalism and damage to homes is more common on Halloween. Whether you’re spending the evening at home or not, you can help to protect your property by installing home security. Investing in a high-quality security system with these components grants peace of mind on one of the scariest nights of the year:
- Motion sensors – Setting motion sensors around your property will trigger any movement. You can either set an exterior light to turn on when a sensor is triggered, or sync them with your video surveillance (see below).
- Lighting Systems – You can simply program your indoor and outdoor lighting to turn on earlier, or to turn on at a time when you’re out to make your empty home seem occupied. Some light control systems will allow you to remotely turn lights on, off, dim or brighten (see below).
- Video Surveillance – With video surveillance, you’ll be able to record footage and see live video of anyone approaching your home, straight from your smartphone, tablet or computer. These security cameras can also be synced with your motion sensors so that you can receive video clips of any movement as soon as the sensors are triggered - perfect for seeing if any ghouls or goblins are trying to get into your home.
- Doorbell Camera – Video doorbell cameras record anyone who presses the button and can even come equipped with HD cameras and night vision. Not in? Some security camera systems can notify you via your smartphone when someone is on your property. You’ll be able to see and speak with anyone at your front door (and choose to answer with ‘trick’ or ‘treat’).
- Remote Access – If you’re out trick-or-treating and realize that you’ve forgotten to set your alarm system or turn on your lights, then don’t panic. Some security systems and light controls allow you to arm or disarm your system and turn lights on and off remotely by accessing it via your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Stay Alert on the Road
Just as you need to keep your family safe from motorists when trick or treating, people need to stay equally alert when they’re behind the wheel. Accidents and collisions caused by alcohol also rise considerably on Halloween. However, following these tips can help you stay extra alert when on the road:
- Don’t go tearing through residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween (even before the sugar rush), so it’s important to consider their unpredictable movements. Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways (particularly when dark) and concentrate on your surroundings.
- As you drive slowly, it’s especially important to take extra time to watch out for kids on curbs, on medians and at intersections.
- Concentrate on the road and get rid of anything that might distract you from within your car, such as loud music.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to be able to spot children from greater distances. This is particularly important with trick-or-treating starting from around 5:30pm.
Before you enjoy your Halloween festivities with friends and family, remember, safety comes first. Carefully choose your costume, pay close attention when trick-or-treating and always look closely at candy before indulging. ADT is here to help you stay safe and protect what matters most. Explore home security equipment, services and packages for better safety and security for your family.