Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 28, 2014 1:03:00 AM

Halloween is a fun time for children, but it can be scary for parents. Here are a few tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe while trick-or-treating this year: Halloween Safety resized 600

Preparing for Big Night
  • Set a time limit for trick-or-treating
  • Remind kids not to enter houses
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights or glowsticks.
  •  Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
Eating the Treats
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while their still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
  • Check out all the treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • What to eat? Only unopened candy and other treats that are in the original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. 
Making Safe Costumes
  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision - a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
 Pranks That Can Be a Little Tricky 

Halloween is notoriously a night of pranks - toilet papering a house or filling mailboxes with shaving cream are not unusual. Try to get a handle on your children's plans before they go out. Explain to them that while you want them to have a good time, some tricks could hurt other people or vandalize property. Emphasize that you disapprove of vandalism. 

"Unhaunting" Your House and Neighborhood
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters at your home by turning on your exterior lights.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or citizens' group to patrol the community.
  • Drive slowly all evening - you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police or sheriff's department.


For more information on Halloween safety visit the National Crime Prevention Council.

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Securitas Launches SOS Personal Safety Smartphone App

Posted by Tim Keller on Jun 21, 2011 1:49:00 PM

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PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. (Securitas USA) announces the launch of "Securitas SOS," a mobile application that provides emergency services. Triggered by the user or automatically detected with a fall or impact, emergency services are deployed to the exact user's location and notifications are sent to a pre-set list of contacts.

Securitas SOS aims to allow users to feel confident and secure about navigating through a complex and fast-paced mobile world, whether they are traveling in a car or walking in the park, domestically or internationally.  

Other robust features allow for individual, employee or fleet tracking and analytics, 24X7 nurse line, roadside assistance, weather, traffic, crime, news, disasters, corporate alerting and much more.

Powered by My911 Inc., Securitas SOS will be available to Securitas USA enterprise customers, through its U.S. workforce initially and to individual consumers through the Securitas USA Mobile website, www.securitasmobileus.com.

Tim Keller, vice president, Securitas Mobile, adds, "Securitas USA's goal is to deliver best-in-class security services and in partnering with My911 Inc., it now has access to the most comprehensive mobile technology solution providing for the safety of its customers."

Highlighted by patent-pending impact detection technology, Securitas SOS is a cutting-edge service that uses the most advanced features available through mobile devices, applications and networks.  

Users and corporations have significant control over the settings, rules and the information their application and online portal complement delivers to maximize detection, direction and protection of events and persons.

"Built for flexibility, our application suite was customized to meet the unique requirements of Securitas USA.  Securitas Security Services USA is a major force in its industry and we are honored to be a part of this initiative," said Larry Hurwitz, CEO, My911 Inc.

Securitas SOS is available on both the Android and Blackberry platforms and will soon be released for iPhone.  For more information and ordering, please visit www.securitasmobileus.com.

About Securitas USA:  Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. is a knowledge leader in security.  As the nation's leading security provider, Securitas USA and its affiliates offer security solutions, including uniformed security officers, mobile patrol and consulting & investigations.  Everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, our 100,000 employees are making a difference. For more information, visit www.securitasinc.com.

About My911 Inc.:  My911 is a leader in technology and mobile application development with an array of customizable industry solutions for security, insurance, healthcare, sports-adventure, automotive, fleet and government.  For more information, please visit www.my-911.com


SOURCE Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

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