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Halloween is the beginning of an exciting time of year for children, as well as the child in all of us. This Halloween, safety and home security are crucially important to your family’s enjoyment of the holiday. Here are a few tips to make sure everyone stays safe while trick-or-treating:

A few 'tricks' to keep your trick or treaters safe this Halloween.

A few ‘tricks’ to keep your trick or treaters safe this Halloween.

1. Remind kids to be cautious and to stick with a buddy at all times. Plan routes and communicate with other parents so that every child in a group can easily be accounted for.

2. For those staying home, make sure that your driveways, walkways and yards are clear of debris in order to reduce the risk of falls.

3. Children and parents are advised to trick-or-treat in well-lit areas with clear walking paths or sidewalks. Use reflective stickers, flashlights and glow sticks to help ensure that children are easily seen by motorists.

4. Now is the time to equip your ghouls with a cell phone, and set a return time so you know when to expect them.

5. Halloween can be a time for vandalism as well as burglaries. It is easy to spot who is and isn’t home, and with the commotion outside, a thief can blend in quite easily. Make sure doors and windows stay locked and the home security system is set. Deter would-be criminals with well-lit, alarm-company signs.

6. When your night-walkers return, inspect all the candy and goodies before kids dig in. Survey for opened or broken wrappers, suspicious-looking items or any ingredients children may be allergic to.

Glow sticks are inexpensive and fun for parents and children. Fasten one to each of your youngsters and give them as treats to those trick-or-treaters who dare show up at your door. You can never be too safe!


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