Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Safety Tips For Trick or Treating

Halloween Safety Tips For Trick or Treating

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Have you carved your pumpkin, stocked up on candy, and finalized your costume yet? Halloween is almost here and with it brings the excitement of endless sweet treats for little trick or treaters everywhere! However, the holiday also poses the threat for some frightening situations. Make sure your kids stay safe this year with a few simple, but extremely important Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating:
  • Be seen and heard! Choose bright, flame-retardant costumes that have reflective material, or add reflective tape, so that your trick or treater can be seen in the dark. Make sure they also have a flashlight or glow stick before the sun sets.
  • Always stick with a trick or treating route that is in a familiar area with neighbors you trust! Avoid unfamiliar neighborhoods, isolated streets, and houses that are not well lit.
  • Even if you are familiar with the neighborhood, never allow young children to go out alone! Always make sure they are accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult, and that you walk them up to the door, never letting them go inside unless you are there.
  • While older children probably don't want you to go out with them, make sure they understand the importance of traveling in groups.
  • You'll likely see a lot of cars out on Halloween, but never let your children approach a vehicle, whether it's occupied or not, unless you are right there with them.
  • Basic pedestrian safety rules are also important since trick or treating involves walking from house to house and crossing many streets, especially in the dark.
  • A great alternative to trick or treating that still celebrates the fun in Halloween, would be to organize a neighborhood or community party where everyone can gather in a safe and supervised environment.
  • In any situation, it is important that children know their home phone number, address, and how to dial 911 in an emergency if they do become separated.
  • Before children head out on Halloween, or anywhere for that matter, make sure they understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, and that they need to report any suspicious activity to their parents or law enforcement.
  • Should they ever get into a dangerous situation where someone tries to get them to go somewhere or leave with them, make sure they understand that they should shout "NO!" or "This is not my mother/father!" and to make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting.

Every year kids set out on Halloween to collect as much candy as they possibly can, it's just important that we educate our children on how to stay safe with a few simple tips. Remember that with your OnStar subscription in any new Chevy cars or new Chevy trucks from Graff Mt. Pleasant, all you have to do is push the red emergency button at any time to report information regarding an AMBER alert or lost child.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

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