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Oct 11, 2017 | Family Safety, Seasonal

Halloween Safety Tips

For adults and children alike, Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays. Unfortunately, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous. Check out these Halloween safety tips to keep your family safe on the spookiest of nights.

  • Be careful of open flames. Candles add a spooky flicker to your pumpkin but they also increase the risk of fire. Battery powered candles and glow sticks are just as frightening but there’s no chance of a stray costume piece catching flame if they brush against it.
  • Candles aren’t the only fire hazards. Blow up ghouls and giant spiders can be purchased at any hardware store nowadays. Refrain from plugging too many in one socket as it only increases the risk of an electrical fire or electrocution.
  • Check fire alarms. If you do use candles, make sure smoke detectors are working properly. That way if there is an accident you’ll be alerted in time to do something. Fire alarm monitoring adds additional safety as even if you aren’t home the monitoring center can notify you, and the proper authorities, in case a fire is detected.
  • Keep walkways clear. Decorating is a lot of fun but make sure you keep items away from footpaths. You wouldn’t want any trick or treaters to trip and fall as they came to get their candy.
  • Make sure your child’s costume fits well. Halloween is one of the top three most dangerous holidays for children. Before children go trick or treating, make sure their costume fits so they won’t trip and can see clearly. Have them bring flashlights so they can see in dark places and so others can see them even in the dark.
  • Make sure your child is old enough before letting them go out alone. No one under the age of 12 should ever go out without parental supervision. It is safer if kids go out in groups and if a parent is supervising.
  • Talk to your children before they go out. Any children going out alone should know to only knock on doors with well-lit walkways and the porch light on. Additionally, no matter what, they should know never to enter another person’s vehicle or home.
  • Know your child’s route. If you aren’t going out with your children, make sure you know the route they’ll be taking. It is very important they stick to that route. This way you’ll know exactly where they are and can be sure of their safety.
  • Keep costumes visible. Make sure your kid’s costume is clearly perceptible, even in the darkest of nights. Add reflective tape to make sure any drivers will absolutely see your trick or treater as they cross the street.
  • Be careful when crossing the road. Twice as many children are killed crossing the road on Halloween than on any other night. Make sure your child always walks on the sidewalk when there is one and always checks both ways before crossing the road. It’s best if they hold hands with someone while crossing.
  • Be careful when driving. Pay extra attention to crosswalks and intersections and always drive below the speed limit.
  • Make sure children check their candy. Check all candy before you or your family eat any. Throw out candy with holes or rips in the packaging.

Be prepared for Halloween with these safety tips, and you’ll be sure to have a fun and memorable evening. Check out the LivSecure blog for more safety tips to keep your family and home protected.

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