Not-So-Spooky Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is right around the corner. As your family prepares for haunted houses, trick-or-treating and other spooky festivities, remember to put safety first. ADT is here to help you stay safe and protect what matters most while having fun this season.
Help protect your home from mischief
Vandalism and damage to homes are more common on Mischief Night and Halloween. Whether you’re spending the evening at home or not, your ADT security system can help you keep an eye on your property and add an extra layer of protection on one of the spookiest nights of the year:
- Motion Sensors – Setting your ADT motion sensors around your property will trigger any movement. You can either set an exterior light to turn on when a sensor is triggered or sync them with your security cameras.
- Smart Lights – You can program your indoor and outdoor ADT smart lights to turn on earlier, or to turn on at a time when you’re out, to make your empty home seem occupied. Turn your lights on, off, dim or brighten remotely on your ADT app for added convenience. When you’re out of candy, easily turn off the lights remotely to let trick-or-treaters know.
- Smart Locks – Leave the keys at home on Halloween night thanks to keyless entry with ADT smart locks. You can also open the door remotely via the ADT app and give a unique code to a family member who has forgotten their keys.
- Security Cameras – With a security camera, you’ll be able to record video and see live video of anyone approaching your home, straight from your smartphone, tablet or computer. These security cameras can also be synced with your motion sensors so you can receive a notification of any movement as soon as the sensors are triggered—perfect for seeing if any ghouls or goblins are trying to get into your home.
- Doorbell Camera – Video doorbell cameras show and record anyone who presses the button and can even come equipped with HD cameras and night vision. Not at home? You can still see and speak with anyone at your front door (and choose to answer with “trick or treat!” or even a spooky ringtone).
- Remote Access – If you’re out trick-or-treating and realize that you’ve forgotten to set your alarm system or turn on your lights, don’t panic. You can easily arm or disarm your ADT system and turn smart lights on and off remotely on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Be mindful when picking your costumes
As your kids dress up as their favorite character, think about the costume’s color, material and accessories. Some of the coolest costumes may look great, but can be quite dangerous when your little ones are out and about.
- Choose a bright-colored costume that’s easy to spot at night. For darker, must-have costumes, add reflectors, glow-in-the-dark paint or bright accessories.
- Avoid wearing masks and costumes that cover your child’s eyes, ears, mouth or nose. Avoid costumes that make visibility or breathing more difficultespecially for small children.
- Make sure your child’s costume and accessories are flame retardant. Linen and cotton are highly flammable. Instead, look for costumes with nylon or polyester.
- Include your contact information, written or sewn into their costume in case of an emergency.
Plan your trick-or-treat route
Pay close attention to your surroundings and trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods. Remember these safety tips:
- Never allow kids or teens to trick-or-treat alone. Younger children should be accompanied by a parent, while teens travel more safely with a group of friends. Always know the route your kids will be taking ahead of time.
- Make sure you and your kids are visible to drivers. Walk on the sidewalk or on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic, paying attention to street signs and crosswalks for oncoming traffic.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on or with a sign welcoming trick-or-treaters. Stay away from homes that look vacant. Remain on the porch, and never enter a home to accept candy.
- Avoid dark places and low-traffic areas. Trick-or-treat in well-lit neighborhoods and carry a flashlight or extra lighting to clearly see your whereabouts.
- If possible, have kids carry a cell phone in case they get separated from the group. Know how to call 911 in case of emergency.
Stay alert on the road
Just as you need to keep your family safe from motorists when trick-or-treating, stay equally alert when behind the wheel. Accidents and collisions caused by alcohol also rise considerably on Halloween. Follow these tips and stay extra alert when on the road:
- Don’t drive fast through residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween (even before the sugar rush), so it’s important to consider their unpredictable movements.
- Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways (particularly when it’s dark), taking extra time to watch out for kids on curbs, on medians and at intersections.
- Concentrate on the road and get rid of anything that might distract you while driving, such as loud music or a cell phone.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to be able to spot children from greater distances. This is particularly important with trick-or-treating starting from around 5:30pm.
Think before eating your treats
Halloween is all about the candy of course, but be careful before digging into your bag of goodies. Some treats may look delicious but could be dangerous if not checked first.
- Never eat homemade Halloween snacks from strangers.
- Pay close attention to ingredients to avoid allergic reactions from candy and treats.
- Parents should inspect all candy before letting their children eat it.
- Be mindful of giving children snacks or candy that could lead to choking hazards.
- Don’t let kids eat any opened or unwrapped candy or treats. If it’s not factory-made and sealed, throw it away.
Before you enjoy your Halloween festivities with friends and family, remember that safety comes first.
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