Orange lights, glowing jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treaters and saccharine headaches. Yes, we could only be talking about Halloween night!
It’s hard not to get caught up in the mischievous fun of costumes, candy and wanting to get scared by ghosts, ghouls and goblins. However, the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t the idea of skeletons, vampires and other creatures of the night waiting to jump out at you - it’s the real and potentially life-threatening dangers that inevitably happen on October 31st.
With fun levels at their highest – and awareness levels consequently down – Halloween can put you, your family and your home in jeopardy. However, it’s easy to ensure that you have a spooky but safe Halloween. Simply follow our Halloween safety tips and put those potential dangers to rest…
Trick or Treat Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without the classic tradition of dressing up, strolling from house to house and asking ‘trick or treat?’ As a parent, it’s especially fun to see your little knocking on doors in their costume that took you weeks to make. However, with trick-or-treating often meaning that kids are running around on public streets, it’s important to be extra aware of these possible dangerous scenarios…
- Losing each other – With the streets particularly busy, it can be easy for your little ones to get lost in the crowds. Plus, with everyone in fancy dress, it can be hard to spot your loved ones within the swarms of witches’ broomsticks, devil crowns and face paint.
- Dangers on the road – Car accidents and collisions are more frequent during Halloween when sidewalks are crowded and kids are rushing to fill their buckets with more candy. Wide brim witches’ hats and facemasks also mean that your little one’s vision might be limited (particularly when attempting to cross the street), so it’s important to make sure that your little one’s costume doesn’t obstruct their field of view.
- Halloween Safety Tips & Solutions – One solution to these problems is to ensure that you, your kids and anyone in your party all have a flashlight and that any costumes feature reflective tape so that you can all be easily spotted by drivers. It’s also vital to make sure that the group stays together and that no one wanders off in search of extra candy.
Halloween Safety Tips at Home
With the dead allegedly supposed to rise on Halloween, it is in fact vandalism and damage to homes that end up rising. Whether you’re spending the evening at home or not, you can help to protect your property by installing home security. Investing in high-quality security systems 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 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.
- Video Doorbells – Video doorbells record anyone who presses the button and can even come equipped with HD cameras and night vision. Not in? Some security 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.
By following our simple Halloween safety tips and putting them into practice, you’re guaranteed to ensure that the only scare you’ll get this Halloween is from people in fancy dress. So, carve those pumpkins, buy all the candy, don’t miss a trick and stay safe in the knowledge that you, your family and your home are as spook-free and secure as possible this Halloween.
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