Crime Prevention Month & Halloween

Crime Prevention Month & Halloween

Crime Prevention Month and Halloween both fall in October; learn how you can celebrate both together.

Halloween is a time for costumes, candy, and fun.  However, Halloween also poses certain risks for your kids and your home.  In honor of Crime Prevention Month, learn how you can keep your loved ones and your property safe this Halloween with these easy safety tips.

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Kids

Costumes: Make sure that your children’s Halloween costumes are made from non-flammable materials.  Additionally, make sure that you avoid floor-length costumes.  These can increase your child’s chances of falling.  Finally, try to use face makeup rather than Halloween face masks.  Masks can obstruct your child’s vision and can make it difficult for them to move around safely.

Trick-or-Treating: Do not let your children go out by themselves.  Accompany younger trick-or-treaters and make sure your older children go out with a group of friends that you know and trust.  Ask your kids to stay in neighborhoods that you are both familiar with and warn them not to take any short cuts through parks, alleys, or backyards.  Finally, remind your kids that they should never enter someone’s house or accept a ride without first getting your approval.

Candy: Before your child starts digging in, make sure you inspect their candy haul.  Look for any unwrapped, unlabeled, or homemade treats and discard them.

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Property

Decorating: If you’re decorating your home this Halloween, make sure you use non-flame lighting sources.  This means avoiding using candles in things like jack-o-lanterns.  Using candles increases your chances of a house fire, so it’s better to avoid them altogether.  Additionally, if you’re planning on using props to decorate your home, make sure they are made of plastic or rubber.  Hanging a real axe right above your front door is definitely not advised.

Car: If possible, keep your car in the garage or at least covered on Halloween night.  Unfortunately, vandalism is a popular occurrence on Halloween and more car claims are filed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.  Keeping your car inside or at least covered can help reduce your chances of being vandalized.

This Halloween, do your best to deter crime by following these simple safety tips for your kids and your home.  Remember, another important part of keeping your loved ones and your property safe year-round is having the right insurance coverage.  To find the right policy to fit your needs, contact the experts at Miller Insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Our professional team is ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.