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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Halloween cupcakes on a serving trayThe most common activities associated with Halloween are no doubt dressing up and trick-or-treating. Children, adults, babies – even cats and dogs – get dressed up; however, trick-or-treating is mostly for the children. To keep this a fun and exciting day for your child, there are a few things to be mindful of:

Dress up – safely and securely

When preparing the costume, only buy costumes labeled “flame resistant”, and be aware of long capes and tails that drag on the ground and could trip  up your child or a friend.

You may also consider purchasing – or making – a brightly colored costume for when your child is out after dark. Even a witch can wear a neon yellow or green apron.

Make sure that your child’s vision isn’t obstructed by a mask, a hood, or a scarf.  If possible, use FDA approved face paint instead of masks.

Also check your child’s costume for any cords or strings that could result in choking, and don’t let him or her wear oversized shoes that can cause tripping or falling, or even prevent your child from running away from a stranger.

Street smarts

Instruct your child to use the sidewalks and intersections, and not to run between houses. If it gets dark early, pack a flashlight.

Only let your child go to homes of people you know and tell him or her not to go inside even if invited in. If at any point your child feels uncomfortable, he or she should never feel too embarrassed to shout “stranger danger”.

Although a house is fully decorated, if there are no lights on, do not approach. And remember that the unwritten signal for “no candy” is the porch light turned off.

If you are not at home during Halloween, All-Connect from All-Guard allows you to turn your indoor and outdoor lighting – including your porch light – on and off remotely from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet.

Wrap up

Do not let your child eat any home-made treats; only factory wrapped candy – and check that the individual pieces are not posing a choking hazard to smaller children.

If you have any pets, remember that chocolate is poisonous to dogs and that candy wrappers can cause both cats and dogs to choke.

Your home

If you are decorating your home for Halloween, make sure not to place candles near decorations or other flammable objects. Also make sure not to place flowing decorations in such a way that they can potentially trigger your motion detectors when you set your alarm on “Away”.

If you are not at home during Halloween, it would be wise to invest in some extra home security. Who would notice a potential burglar when the streets are teeming with children, adults, ghosts, and goblins?

An outdoor camera from All-Guard will capture and record anything going on around your home, and will let you view the events on your smartphone or tablet as they happen. Call us now at 800.255.4273 to set up an appointment and we can help you stay safe and secure.


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Livermore, CA 94551
(800) 255-4273
*Calls to and from All-Guard may be recorded or monitored without further notice to you, for record-keeping, and quality-assurance purposes.
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