Halloween can be one of the most fun holidays of the year. It can also be one of the scariest – and I am not talking about the costumes. Halloween is a night for pranks and tricks that could be meant to be fun, but some people are not wearing masks for fun and they are not going door to door in search of candy. In fact, some unsavory characters much prefer it if you are not home at all. They are looking for things that are far more valuable than candy. You need to keep your family and home safe whether you are out collecting candy, or home trying to avoid the doorbell.
Halloween Safety Tips Outside the Home
As fun as Halloween can be, there are some very real dangers lurking in wait for children. You might want to think the best of strangers who are handing out treats, but not everyone has the same definition of ‘fun’, so you need to be aware and protect your children. Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep you and yours safe this spooky night.
Protect Your Home While You Are Out
Halloween is a very tricky time. If you leave the porch light on, people will come knocking for candy whether you are there or not. And yet, if you leave the house, you want to leave your porch light on for safety reasons. You may have to take different measures if you don’t want people to know you are not home and you don’t want people on your front porch while you are gone.
Light Up Your Home
Whether or not you have plans to go out on Halloween night, be sure to keep your home well lit. Turn on a few lights around your home to give the impression that someone is home and still awake. Additionally, well-lit areas outside your home will deter potential intruders or malicious pranksters by eliminating hiding places caused by shadows.
Make Use of Your Security System
Now is the perfect time to upgrade or add devices to your security system before Halloween gets here. Why the paranoia? Halloween is the one time of year when random strangers wander your neighborhood wearing masks and not drawing attention to the fact that their identity is hidden. You don’t want to fall victim to someone just because you did not make yourself aware of the time we live in and deal with your security system in a way that would keep your family safe.
Cell Phones are for Security
Cell phones are great for keeping you secure when you are out of the house. If your child does not have a cell phone and you are not the one taking him or her trick-or-treating, allow your child to borrow your phone.
Keep Safe at Home
You hate to imagine that criminal people will come to your door on Halloween, but it could happen. This is another instance when you can make great use of your security cameras. If you want to take serious preventative measures, you can observe the entire exchange of candy from inside your home. You can leave a bowl of candy on the porch with a sign that tells the children how many items they can take. You could mention that you are observing from inside through use of the video camera. If you do sit on the porch, keep your cell phone close by and try to sit with a friend or family member so that you are not alone. There is always safety in numbers.
Use Common Sense
In addition to the measures mentioned above, be sure to use some common sense on Halloween. Make sure your children stay away from strange neighborhoods and they should never go inside someone’s house. There is no kind of candy that is worth a security risk. Try to travel with a group for maximum safety. If you have a home security system, make effective use of it. If you don’t have a home security system, now is a great time consider getting at least minimal protection.
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