Have a Safe & Happy Halloween With These Safety Tips

When Walking

Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Look left, right and left again when crossing

Put electronic devices down and keep heads up to pay attention to you and your children’s safety.

Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and walk on sidewalks or paths.

If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.

If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

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Keep Costumes Safe

Decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 

When selecting a costume, make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

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Drive Safely

Slowing down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to see and be seen from greater distances. Common trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Don’t Be Tricked by Bad Treats

Follow these important tips to keep children safe from dangerous treats: 

Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it.

Safe treats: Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.

Choking hazards: If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

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Campus Safety Tips + U.S. School Safety Rankings

Campus Safety

Safety should be a great concern for college students and parents. The level of campus security presence, emergency protocols, campus and local crime rates, as well as substance and alcohol use are important factors to consider when choosing a school.

Be sure to read our top 10 school safety ranking lists following these important tips to stay safe while on campus…

  1. Speak up if something looks or feels wrong. If someone looks suspicious, report it to campus security and/or a RA. If someone looks in distress, ask if they are ok. Many times incident are avoided because someone steps up and takes notice.
  2. Always avoid the use of drugs and never accept open drinks from anyone. Tampered drinks and overdoses are more common in college communities.
  3. Inform your family or friends of your plans. Let them know, at least a general idea, of where you’re going and what your plans are. That way if you don’t check in or make it home, they will know what to do and that is is important to get help.
  4. Know the locations of the emergency blue-light phones on your campus. These phones connect you directly to campus security.
  5. Stay aware and alert of your surroundings. Always be mindful of people who look suspicious, out of place, or who are hanging around poorly lit areas with little traffic or no one around. Early detection can be key in avoiding becoming a victim of a crime.
  6. Considered getting a safety app on your phone. These apps can automatically notify the police in the event of an emergency.
  7. Learn self-defense. Take a class, sometimes offered at no or low cost on campuses, to learn how to best disable and escape a would-be attacker.
  8. Never accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Period. Use a service like Lyft or Uber instead.

Safest U.S. College Towns:

  1. Brookings, South Dakota
  2. Charleston, Illinois
  3. Rexburg, Idaho
  4. Elon, North Carolina
  5. Canyon, Texas
  6. Durham, New Hampshire
  7. Highland Heights, Kentucky
  8. Amherst, Massachusetts
  9. Princeton, New Jersey
  10. Pullman, Washington

U.S. Colleges (4 year schools) with the Highest Crime Rates:

  1. Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina
  2. Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
  3. Central Sate University, Wilburton, Ohio
  4. Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Gallaudet University, Washington D. C.
  6. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania
  7. Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  8. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  9. St. Augustines University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  10. Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Best campus Security – U.S. Colleges

  1. Columbus State Community College, Ohio
  2. East Central University, Oklahoma
  3. Erskine College, South Carolina
  4. Kansas Sate University, Kansas
  5. Louisiana Sate University – Eunice, Louisiana
  6. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  7. Marshall University, West Virginia
  8. Northeast Sate Community College, Tennessee
  9. Oakton Community College, Illinois

Safest U.S. Colleges 

  1. Arkansas State University, Arkansas
  2. Sheridan College, Wyoming
  3. Lake Land College, Illinois
  4. Southern University @ New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Erskine College, South Carolina
  6. Central Texas College, Texas
  7. Southern Plains College, Texas
  8. Virginia Western Community College, Virginia
  9. Northeast State Community College, Tennessee
  10. Delgado Community College, Louisiana

Tips for Protecting Your Home Without an Alarm System

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For those of us that don’t have a home security system, here are some ways to better keep your home safe and secure from potential burglars…

1. Install deadbolt locks on the doors.

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2. Use long dowels, broom handles, or long sticks at the base (along the track the door slides on) for added security on sliding glass doors. This will prevent the door from being able to open.

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3. Consider getting a guard dog.

4. Never leave doors and windows open or unlocked.

5. Get some motion detection outdoor lighting. A 2-bulb fixture is preferable, in the event that one bulb burns out.

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6. Never leave ladders outside or in an unlocked shed, as they can be used by burglars to access the roof or second story windows.

7. Cut back tree limbs that hang over the roof, and eliminate branches near windows.

8. Use foreboding signs to deter break-ins, such as “Beware of Dog” or security alarm company signs and stickers, even if you don’t have a pet or an alarm system.

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9. Get to know your neighbors if you don’t already. Ask them to keep an eye out and collect your mail while you are out of town. Burglars often check to see if mail is pilling up.

10. If your community doesn’t have one already, start a neighborhood watch program.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

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Fourth of July is right around the corner. Make sure to follow these tips and stay safe:

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Never re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully (duds).

Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.

Wear protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.

Never shoot fireworks in glass or metal containers.

Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles. 

Read all cautionary labels before lighting fireworks.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Alcohol and fireworks never mix, make sure to have a designated shooter.

Never experiment with homemade fireworks.

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FAKE UBER SAFETY TIPS…

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REMEMBER TO: VERIFY THE IDENTITY OF THE DRIVER AND THEIR CAR BEFORE YOU GET IN!!!
The Uber app provides riders with their driver’s first name, photo, license plate number and a picture of the vehicle and their driver’s rating. This information is intended to prevent riders from getting in a car with a fake driver.

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