The majority of Halloween safety tips focus on children, but senior safety is just as important! On this night, seniors, like all homeowners, open their doors and speak to more unfamiliar faces over the course of a few hours than any other time of the year. Whoever is opening the door and passing out treats must keep themselves and house guests safe. Follow these steps for a fun and safe Halloween:
- Keep the Lights On!
Keeping both interior and exterior lights on, whether you are away from the house or simply not handing out treats, is very important. While some people prefer to deter trick-or-treaters from ringing the door bell with a dark home, this also alerts vandals that the house may be empty and an easy target. If you are handing out candy, having a well lit exterior will help prevent anyone looking to make trouble, as they would be easily seen.
- Keep Trick-or-Treaters Outside!
Handing out treats from your front porch or steps is better than inviting trick-or-treaters inside. Typically, children are also told to never enter a strangers house, so this should not be an issue. If someone requests to use the bathroom, politely decline.
- Work as a Team!
If you are concerned about handling Halloween on your own, ask a family member, friend or neighbor to stop by for a couple hours to help. If that’s not possible, spend a couple hours at their home assisting them with their visitors. The presence of multiple people always makes a home less of a target for any trouble makers.
- Remove Hazards and Communicate!
Keeping the path up to your home clear for trick-or-treaters keeps everyone safe. Talk with your neighbors and have a plan of action if anything unusual happens. It is always important to keep an eye out for one another.
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