Linked Investigation Services Wants You To Stay Safe This Halloween

While Halloween can be a fun time for you and the kiddos to dress up and pretend, it also presents a number of dangers to you and your family. To ensure that your holiday is only about treats, Linked Investigation Services wants you to use these tips to help avoid the tricks.

Keeping Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Children often look forward to Halloween as their chance to dress up as a superhero, princess, pop star, police officer, or ghoul. However, Kate Carr, the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide says that twice as many children are killed on Halloween in comparison to other times. This is largely due to traffic incidents where children in dark clothing are victims of pedestrian accidents. Help your children avoid road dangers by talking to them about safe walking rules. For example, kids should know to cross the street at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the road.

While many parents worry about psychotic people poisoning their children with tainted candy, an article in TIME has debunked this fear as mostly urban legend. However, the author did point out that they found two instances where children had died as a result of ingesting poisoned treats.

Oddly enough, the more likely victim of candy poisoning is the family pet. The Pet Poison Hotline reports a 12-percent increase in calls related to animal poisoning after Halloween. Protect Fido and Fluffy by removing dangerous candy like chocolate from their area and placing it in a locked cabinet.

If you have a responsible teenager who will be in charge of the younger tykes, make sure that he or she knows how to protect the kids. Your teen should always stay with the younger children and travel in a group. Keep in mind that your teen will probably want to have fun of their own on Halloween. If he or she has been invited to a party or other spooky outing, their mind might not be on keeping your younger children safe.

If your teen does go out for the night, be sure you check on his or her whereabouts during the evening. You don’t want to discover after the fact that he or she went off to a rave or other adult-oriented party where liquor and drugs were in abundance, or that he or she was out vandalizing homes with friends.

If you can’t take your children out trick-or-treating yourself, consider alternative events that are in a safer environment, such as school festivals or shopping malls. Another option is to trade off with a trusted friend or neighbor: ask them to take the kids out this year, and you’ll do it next year.

You’ve probably already taught your children not to talk to strangers, but it’s worth another reminder. Not only that, but they should also be taught to never – EVER – enter a stranger’s home, even with the promise of better treats or a new bag of candy.

While you, as a parent, must be responsible for your child every day, Halloween requires you to be on extra alert for any hidden dangers. Even though you might want to have some wild and fun times yourself this Halloween, your main focus must be your child’s safety. His or her life may depend on it.

Protecting Yourself at Halloween

Halloween is associated with a higher rate of crime than other times of year, including masked burglars or rapists who use the holiday as a way to trick people into opening their door. Keeping your house dark even when you are home can be an invitation for vandalism or a burglary attempt. Make sure that your presence is known by keeping your front porch light on. If you’ve got a security system, make sure that it’s been activated, too.

If you’re out celebrating at a house party or in a club, watch your drink! Some predators will wait for you to walk away so they can spike your drink with a date rape drug like GHB, ketamine, or Ecstasy. If at all possible, try to keep your drink covered and never take a sip of a drink you’ve walked away from, unless someone you know and trust has kept their eye on it in your absence.

Speaking of Halloween parties, it bears mentioning that a mix of alcohol, sexy costumes, and an altogether naughty atmosphere can lead to a potential disaster in the relationship department – especially where company get-togethers are concerned. That’s because workers often opt to leave their significant others at home on party night, so they can let loose and have fun. Such shenanigans often lead to infidelity as coworkers see each other in a different light. It’s not just the ghosts and goblins that come out on Halloween – the cheaters do, too.

Linked Investigations to the Rescue

If you are concerned about your safety – or suspect that your spouse may be dressing up and playing naughty with a co-worker this Halloween – Linked Investigation Services can help. Give us a call at 877-464-5374 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or if you’d prefer, you can contact us online.

Linked Investigation Services. Contact Mike Garroutte today. 877-464-5374

Published on: 
September 26, 2015
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