We specialize in home security systems and burglary alarms in the Joplin, MO area. We care about your safety and the safety of your family. With that in mind, we want to share a few safety tips you can use with your children to keep them safe this Halloween as they “trick-or-treat” through the neighborhood.

Walk Carefully

  • Cross the street at corners, making sure to use traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again the crossing and keep a continue watching as you cross the street.
  • Do no use electric devices such as tablets or mobile phones while crossing the street.
  • Be sure to make eye contact with drivers to make sure they’ve seen you, before crossing in front of them.
  • Watch for cars that may be turning or backing up. Never run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With A Grown-Up

Use an adult chaperone to supervise children throughout the evening. If children are considered mature enough to proceed without a chaperone, caution them to stay in familiar areas and neighborhoods.

Make Costumes Fun and Safe

  • Use reflective tape and stickers to decorate customer and bags.
  • Try to use face paint and make-up instead of masks so that the child’s vision is not obscured.
  • Allow children to carry glow sticks and/or flashlights so that it’s easier for them to see and be seen by drivers.
  • Make sure the costumes fit correctly to help prevent accidental trips and falls.

Drive Extra Cautiously on Halloween

  • Drive slow and be extra alert when in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move suddenly or in unpredictable ways.
  • Take more time than usual to look for children who may be crossing at intersections, on medians or on curbs.
  • Enter and exit all driveways and alleys carefully and slowly.
  • Be sure to drive without any distractions so that you can focus on the surrounding area
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot pedestrians from greater distances.
  • The most common trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm, so be on extra alert during these hours.