As you make plans for Halloween this year, keeping your children safe is as easy as 1-2-3. Consider these spooky Halloween safety tips as you start preparing for the holiday.

1) Follow the CDC’s Advice

The CDC has an entire list of guidelines available here. Their guide includes wearing masks, keeping a safe distance and preventing the spread of germs. Most notably, costume masks are not approved substitutes for cloth masks. They recommend keeping at least six feet away from strangers and to carry sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. 

2) Protect Your Home with a Monitored Security System

In New Jersey, the night before Halloween is known as Mischief Night. This evening of pranks can cause serious damage to your home. Video cameras can deter pranksters as they look to avoid being caught, especially with a doorbell camera protecting your front door. Your security system will alert you immediately and allow you to dispatch police if needed. Footage pulled from cloud storage can later be used to identify any trespassers.

3) Plan Ahead

Set plans and make rules for your children’s trick-or-treating. Younger kids should have an adult accompany them, and teenagers should know where they’re allowed to go. Costumes should be brightly colored or have accessories easily spotted in the dark. As your children get home, a smart lock code prevents the need for spare keys. Finally, make sure to inspect their newly-acquired treats for torn or unwrapped candies, any unusual discoloration and homemade items from people you don’t know personally.

Following this advice should lead to a safer Halloween for you and your family. If you’d like to prepare or upgrade your system to prepare for the holiday, call 800-432-3473 today.