Halloween is just around the corner, and many people may not realize how frightening this spooky night could really be for their personal safety, property or bank accounts. Here’s the Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips that keep families safe:
DDM advises you to keep your pets inside on Halloween, which can be a stressful night for even the friendliest neighborhood dogs and cats. Warn your children to stay away from animals as they go door-to-door.
Also – avoid letting your dog enjoy a special treat on Halloween—just stick to a good old bone.
Tip #9: Stay accident-free.
To avoid accidents or damage in your yard, remove or move lawn furniture and similar obstacles prior to trick-or-treating time. Ensure your home’s entry or walkway is in good condition, free of loose or broken pieces to avoid trick-or-treater injuries on your property.
Tip #8: Practice costume safety.
Costumes can hide more than someone’s true identity, and that includes hazards. All disguises should consist of flame-resistant materials and shouldn’t be too long or contain sharp accessories. Avoid masks that may obscure vision, and stick to hypo-allergenic makeup.
Tip #7: See and be seen.
Wear “glo-stick bracelets and necklaces” to be safe. Our motto: See and Be Seen.
While this may not be your first choice, another option is to apply light-reflecting material to your costume. Whatever you decide, make sure you take precautions to be visible to drivers at night. Don’t forget your flashlight!
Tip #6: Hear and be heard
Make sure your hearing isn’t impaired with cumbersome costumes or ear buds. Be alert to the sounds of moving vehicles, other groups of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Tip #5: Take an alternative route.
Going door-to-door isn’t always the safest option. DDM suggests going to a local church or community center to take part in costume parties. You may also want to host your own “Trunk or Treat” event, in which parents park their cars at a designated location and their children go from car to car for candy.
If you must go door-to-door, parents – go with your children, and take your children only to the homes of people you know.
Tip #4: Prevent fires.
Make sure pumpkins containing candles are placed at a distance, to avoid a child’s costume igniting or a curious guest tipping it over. Extinguish all candles before going to bed, and consider using battery-operated lights wherever possible.
Tip #3: Don’t keep the ingredients to yourself!
An allergic reaction and trip to the hospital is definitely not how a parent wants to end Halloween night. DDM suggests avoiding treats that contain peanuts, or use bags to individually wrap your candy and including a note with your name and address. In the event that the candy ends up being contaminated, your candy can be easily separated from the others.
Tip #2: Don’t be a scary driver!
Drive sober, slowly and even more carefully than usual on Halloween. Watch for children who may be running or wearing dark costumes in the road.
Also, a little-known fact is that Halloween night marks an increase in car vandalism incidents. “Tricks” are at an all-time high this night, and the make, model and color of your car can draw more attention from pranksters. If you can park your car in a garage or secure place, do so. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area and invest in a good car alarm.
Tip # 1: Let Dad be the “candy inspector.”
Dads, you can make sure the kids’ candy is safe by picking the best pieces for yourselves and eating them!!! In all seriousness, make sure you are inspecting all treats, and never let your children eat unwrapped items. Many local police departments offer candy x-ray and inspection services, so check with your precinct for more details.
And as always, remember DDM is available to answer any of your property safety questions. Just ask!