How to Keep Your Kids and Home Safe on Halloween

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Halloween can be an exciting time for both kids and adults. But not always does this time of year bring all treats. Home Security Store offers some tips and products to make this Halloween a safe one for you, your loved ones, and your home.

With Home Security Store's Child Safety products, you can make sure to keep track of your children.

Halloween can be a scary time for reasons other than just the costumes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that pedestrian accidents increased by 4.5 times on Halloween. Meanwhile, the National incident-based reporting system (NIBRS) shows that the most common types of crime from among the incidents reported on Halloween and adjacent days were theft (32%), destruction or vandalism of property (21%), assault (19%) and burglary (9%). So what can you do to protect you, your loved ones, and your home? Home Security Store offers some simple Halloween safety tips and some security products that will help keep you safe.

According to McGruff.org, you should trick or treat in your own neighborhood. Plan your route ahead of time. Remember to bring your older brother or sister or an adult you trust. It’s not a bad idea for that adult to carry some protective pepper spray, but remember this is not a toy. Also, keep a flashlight or glow stick with you. Again, according to McGruff, you should not eat your treats as you go. Instead, save them until you get home and your parents have had a chance to look through them and stop only at houses that have lights on.

Buying a personal safety alarms is also a good idea, according to Home Security Store Sales Representative Ruben Cervantes. “A personal alarm will draw attention to your child’s situation immediately. If a stranger approaches and tries to attack your child, they can set off their personal safety alarm, which will emit a high pitched siren to call for help,” said Cervantes.

Cervantes adds that it’s also a good idea to equip your child with a child locating device. “With Home Security Store's Child Safety products, you can make sure to keep track of your children.”

The Mommy I'm Here! Teddy Bear Child Locator and the Loc8tor-Plus offer virtual-barrier technology that will alert you the second your child wanders too far for comfort. The Teddy Bear Locator and the Loc8tor-Plus can work up to an impressive 150ft and 600ft away, respectively.

Furthermore, don’t forget it’s your responsibility as a homeowner to keep your home safe for you and others. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, to keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. In addition, parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs. Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

Also please do keep in mind that on Halloween your house becomes a direct target to thieves. According to the UL Halloween Safety Guide, when giving out candy on Halloween, don’t allow a child or an adult to come inside your house, even if they say it’s an emergency. If need be, use your cell phone to call for help while they wait outside. The trick-or-treat rush, don’t feel like you have to open your door. Perhaps, use your video door intercom or just turn off your lights, arm your alarm system, and call it a night. Remember, Halloween may be one of the scariest nights of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play it safe.

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