The can­dy is out, dec­o­ra­tions are up, and the kids are all dressed. That can only mean one thing; tonight is Hal­loween. Chil­dren and adults through­out the city will be out trick or treat­ing dressed in their scary best.   It’s a fun-filled event for the entire fam­i­ly to enjoy, whether it includes going trick or treat­ing or attend­ing a cos­tume par­ty.  To make sure the kids have some great fun tonight, here are some quick Hal­loween Safe­ty tips. For trick or treaters:

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  • While trick or treat­ing, look both ways before cross­ing the street.  Avoid cross­ing in between parked cars as dri­vers may be in those vehi­cles.
  • Wear cos­tumes with bright colours or are reflec­tive of light.  This allows for Hal­loween Safe­ty and you to be seen by oth­er pedes­tri­ans and dri­vers in the dark, pre­vent­ing acci­dents from occur­ring.  Also, make sure your cos­tume fits well and does not drag on the ground, pre­vent­ing it from get­ting caught in haz­ards.
  • Have an adult inspect all can­dy before con­sum­ing any.  Those with­out wrap­pers or look sus­pi­cious should be thrown in the trash imme­di­ate­ly.
  • Whether you’re going in a group, with an adult or by your­self, plan a trick-or-treat route on a well-lit street and share it with your fam­i­ly.  This allows your fam­i­ly to know where you’ll be going and where they can find you in an emer­gency.
  • Only accept treats at the door.  Nev­er go inside the home.
  • Take a flash­light with you to help light the way for when it gets dark­er

For home­own­ers

  • Make sure your front porch is well lit, allow­ing trick-or-treaters to see where they’re going.  Remove any unnec­es­sary objects from the front of the house so that chil­dren can vis­i­bly see your house from the street.
  • Be aware of food aller­gies.  Avoid hand­ing out can­dy with peanuts or oth­er food-relat­ed aller­gies.  By doing so, you help to make Hal­loween fun and safe for all kids.
  • Be care­ful of some chil­dren when open­ing the front door.  They can some­times hide behind the doors and get hurt.
  • Putting out a pump­kin?  Make sure you keep it a good dis­tance from the wall of the house to pre­vent it from start­ing a fire.
  • If peo­ple con­tin­ue to ring your door­bell after you’ve turned off your porch light, do not answer the door.  Pro­tect your­self from those try­ing to take advan­tage of a hol­i­day event.

Remem­ber, Hal­loween should be a fun night to spend with kids.  Inform your chil­dren know the rules and safe­ty tips but also remind them to have fun this Hal­loween night.  If you’re a par­ent who’s super­vis­ing a group of trick-or-treaters tonight, use the bud­dy sys­tem and make sure to set up a meet­ing spot just in case any­one gets lost.  Be sure to keep an eye out for strangers and know what time to call it a night.  Have a Hap­py Hal­loween!!!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.