Halloween Safety

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Today is Halloween and this evening many of our children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews will be out in our neighborhoods Trick or Treating. With witches, goblins, GHOSTS (Our personal favorite!)and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, lets look at some safety tips to help prepare for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.

  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
  • Cross the street only at corners.
  • Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

This is a perfect opportunity to utilize PARTY MODE to let all of those trick or treaters up your driveway easily to your home.

If you have the AXP1 transmitter:

  1. Press and hold the PARTY MODE Button until red LED stays lit
  2. Press the Gate Button coinciding with the gate you wish to enter PARTY MODE
  3. The system will beep twice acknowledging you have entered into PARTY MODE

Use the same process once you would like to exit, you will here three beeps when you exit the mode.

Halloween tips courtesy of the American Red Cross

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