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October 2015

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

By Bill 2 years ago 3330 Views No comments

As kids anticipate the candy they’ll collect on Halloween, parents want to ensure that trick-or-treating is more fun than frightful. By preparing with these basic Halloween safety tips, parents can help ensure safety, whether you are accompanying young trick-or-treaters or handing out candy at home.

As kids anticipate the candy they’ll collect on Halloween, parents want to ensure that trick-or-treating is more fun than frightful. By preparing with these basic Halloween safety tips, parents can help ensure safety, whether you are accompanying young trick-or-treaters or handing out candy at home.

1. Plan your route.
Without a plan, eager trick-or-treaters may venture several streets away and tire themselves out before they make it home. Map out a route to keep kids on familiar paths.

If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without supervision, know their proposed route. Find out whom they’re going with and how to reach their parents. Even if they have cellphones, older kids should establish a time and place to meet if they get separated.

2. Dress accordingly.
Creative Halloween costumes shouldn’t pose safety risks. Make sure kids wear comfortable shoes and well-fitting clothing that won’t trip them up. Avoid masks, which can obscure their vision, and opt for nontoxic face paint instead. Also, plan for cool weather; have kids wear close-fitting layers under their outfit to stay warm without covering up the costume.

3. Stay visible.
Trick-or-treating often takes place in the dark, so make sure children are well lit and visible to oncoming traffic. Parents should be armed with flashlights, and kids who have their hands full toting candy should deck their costumes with reflective tape or wearable lights. Consider building costumes out of accessories that light up, such as shoelaces, ball caps or safety vests.

If family pets join the trick-or-treating fun, they should be leashed and well lit, too, with light-up leashes and collars to keep them visible.

4. Protect your home.
While your kids are out asking for treats, others might try to play tricks. Someone should stay home on Halloween night, both to hand out candy and to watch for vandalism. You don’t need to buy motion-sensor lights or security systems solely for Halloween. Just be home, be aware, and keep your home well lit — both inside and out — so people know you’re there.

5. Watch what you eat.
After trick-or-treating, inspect your kids’ candy before they dig in. Watch for signs of tampering, and toss anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

While Halloween may be the night specifically associated with scares, these safety tips and tools should be part of your family’s precautions when going out any night — especially as daylight fades earlier this time of year.

By Bill Treacy
Bill Treacy is Mace’s director of sales for sporting goods and consumer accounts.



Personal safety tips for National Crime Prevention Month

By Eric 2 years ago 4585 Views No comments

October is National Crime Prevention Month, making it the perfect time to think about personal safety. For example, are you alert when walking to your car at night, or are you vulnerable to attack?

Preventing crime is not about following a concise list of crime prevention measures. Instead, it’s about using common sense and awareness to prepare for the worst, without becoming paranoid.

These personal safety tips can help protect you against potential threats.


Pay Attention
Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Scan the parking lot before you leave the building. Pay attention to people or vehicles that seem out of place, and have your keys in hand to avoid fumbling as you approach your car. Staying vigilant will keep you attuned to potential dangers and empower you to make smart decisions.


Guard Against the Dark
Darkness makes it more difficult to see muggers and burglars approaching. This time of year, as we fall back to end Daylight Savings Time, the days get shorter and the nights get longer, making those who are out and about more vulnerable. Be smart, and stay in well-lit, familiar areas when possible.


Carry Protection
Burglary, rape, assault and other crimes typically happen one-on-one, bad guy versus victim. Pepper spray is an ideal personal self-defense product because it’s easy to use, inexpensive and highly effective, while high-voltage stun guns have similar traits. Both temporarily disable attackers, allowing you to escape.

If you aren’t comfortable carrying self-defense products that inflict pain, at the very least, carry a personal alarm that emits loud, siren-like noise to attract attention and help.


Follow the Buddy System
The buddy system our parents emphasized when we were children is still an effective safety measure. A woman walking alone at night makes a much more attractive target than a group of four women walking together. Strength in numbers works to your advantage.

During National Crime Prevention Month and throughout the year, personal safety is about being vigilant and aware, without being paranoid or living in fear. If you notice unfamiliar people or activities that seem suspicious — and if you’re willing to call attention to them — your awareness ultimately benefits everyone.

By Eric Crawford
Eric Crawford is Mace’s vice president of global sales.

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