10/25/2011 - Trick-or-treating safety tips
With Halloween only days away, safety organizations are arming parents with tips for how they can keep their kids safe as they trick-or-treat.
"Child safety is vital year round, but Halloween is an especially important time for parents and children to pay extra attention to their surroundings and not let their guard down," said Tim Kang, spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "Parents need to exercise a few basic safety precautions to help ensure that Halloween is both fun and safe."
For instance, NCMEC, says parents should plan a trick-or-treating route, avoiding unfamiliar neighborhoods in favor of those that are well-lit.
NCMEC further advises parents to discuss basic pedestrian safety rules with their children when walking to and from homes, such as walking on the left side of the road and wearing clothing that is bright enough for motorists to see.
As moms and dads prepare their kids for trick-or-treating to various houses, they may also want to prepare their own home by reviewing their homeowners' insurance policies in the event it's damaged on Mischief Night, the night before Halloween. Because Mischief Night is often celebrated by toilet papering yards and throwing eggs at homes, among other more damaging acts of vandalism, homeowners should consult with their independent insurance agent for more information on how to protect their home.
Selective wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!