It’s an exciting time of year for people of all ages. Children are eager to don their new costumes and amass their own personal candy fortune, teenagers and college students will be looking to meet up with friends for a fun night out, and some parents and homeowners will be waiting at home, anticipating trick-or-treaters with plenty of goodies. However, without the proper safety precautions, what could and should be a festive time may turn scary in an instant. We provide you with a few tips to help you have a fun, safe and memorable holiday.
When you’re taking your kids out trick-or-treating, make sure that you:
- Make your children visible on the streets at night. You can give them a glow-stick (bracelets are easier to carry), or put glow-in-the-dark tape on their costume.
- Drive vigilantly, especially between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (the expected trick-or-treating hours). While nobody has the intention of hitting a child, accidents happen. It will be dark and you shouldn’t assume that children, in their excitement, will take the proper safety precautions. Be careful when you drive, and always watch the sidewalks for unexpected crossers.
- Choose the costume wisely. Avoid wearing masks that can obstruct vision, and make sure that the costume fits well so that it does not hinder mobility.
- Teach your children before you let them leave. Tell them to:
○ Use crosswalks and obey traffic laws, looking both directions before crossing the street.
○ Do not enter any stranger’s homes.
○ Take only commercial products. Do not accept homemade treats.
○ Always look and be aware of your surroundings. Stay away from dark areas where visibility is limited, and be wary of strangers. Always stay in large groups, or, if possible, with a parent.
When you’re at home
When you’re at home, waiting for trick-or-treaters, you still need to take the proper precautions. While it may sound farfetched, you can never be too safe when you are opening your doors to strangers. The best way to protect yourself and your home from attacks (or even pranks) is to install a security system. Oftentimes, the presence of cameras will be enough to deter criminals from your home. But one major benefit for our security products is the ability to view your camera feed from your smartphone, which means that you can check your front door before physically going there. Smart alerts also notify you if motion is detected around your home. Properly placed cameras can go a long way to protect not only your home, but the lives of you and your family. We personally recommend the our sPOE NVR systems, which are both cheap and extremely easy to install.
Wrapping up the night
We all know how the night ends. The children come back from a long night of work, pour their spoils on the floor, and after a few minutes of trading, they dig in to the sugar-filled goodness. But this last danger hides underneath the chocolate-filling and candied-coating. Here are a few quick-tips to stop cavities before they begin:
- Avoid eating hard candies that stay in your mouth for long periods of time. It isn’t just about the amount of sugar, but risk of cavities increases the longer your teeth are exposed to cavities.
- Avoid eating sticky candies like gummies, taffies, caramel, etc. These will stick to your teeth, and are harder to brush away.
- Have the children swish water in their mouths between every few candies eaten.
- Avoid sugary drinks (e.g. soda).
- Brush your teeth immediately after eating the candy, and make sure to floss to remove residue from hard-to-reach places.
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