At Custom Security, we care about your family. Whether it is security and fire safety for your home, business or community or just practicing basic awareness and good old fashioned common sense around holidays, we care about the well-being of your family.
The first thing to know? Be more leery of the traffic than the treats. While it’s always a good idea to check your child’s trick or treat bag on Halloween, the greater danger for kids on Halloween is vehicle traffic. Police say that twice as many children are hit by a car walking on Halloween than any other day of the year. Ways to avoid this could include:
- Kids should wear a brightly colored costume
- Always walk with a parent and trick-or-treat during daylight hours
- If there’s trick-or-treating at night, parents should carry a flashlight and walk in familiar areas.
Though it’s rare, occasionally police do encounter a case of a child receiving tainted or drug-laced candy. Here are a few things parents can do to make sure the candy is safe to eat:
- All fruit should be cut and examined.
- Homemade treats should come from only someone the children and parents know.
- Make sure candy comes in its original, sealed packaging. Anything with holes or that appears tampered with should be discarded.
- Look for tell-tale signs that a candy is laced with marijuana. The packaging may look like a commercial brand candy but might have green packaging, a marijuana leaf emblem or the word “medicinal” somewhere on it. Drinks may also appear similar to sodas like Mountain Dew. Marijuana-laced candy includes goldfish and gummy bears.
- Make sure your home and community security cameras and system are in good working order.
- If you are in a gated community, pay attention to street lights that may need replacing before the big night.
- Gated communities also need their gates in good working order to prevent trick-or-treaters who are not residents.