Halloween is just around the corner and in many neighborhoods decorations have already begun to pop up. Kids are getting their costumes ready, homeowners are stocking up on candy, and everyone is getting in the spirit. While trick-or-treating can be a fun and exciting adventure for kids, it can also be dangerous if the right precautions aren’t taken. Kuester Management Group has released a new statement to the press offering tips on how HOA members can make Halloween safer and more enjoyable for all.
“Trick-or-treating is a memorable time for kids but can leave parents feeling anxious,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “They want their children to have fun but also be safe at the same time. One of the best things the HOA can do is ensure that all exterior lights and streetlamps are working, debris has been cleared from walkways, and the property is in good shape.”
Kuester advises homeowners to look around their own property before trick-or-treating begins to identify potential safety hazards. Keep decorations off to the side where they can still be seen but don’t interfere with children and their parents walking and aren’t a tripping hazard. Make sure that outside lights are turned on and the porch is well-lit so that kids can see where they are going. Any pets should be restrained so as not to frighten children or accidently get loose in the neighborhood.
If homeowners are going to a party or taking their children to another neighborhood, they should take caution while driving. “Leave yourself some extra time and go slowly,” advises Kuester. “Kids are often excited and may not be practicing as much street safety as they normally would. They may also be more difficult to see if they are dressed in dark costumes.”
Parents can also keep children safer by adding reflective tape to their costume or helping them choose one that is bright and more easily seen. Kuester recommends bringing flashlights and traveling in groups with at least one parent present. If older children are going off by themselves, make sure clear rules are set about where they can go and what time they should be home. Having a cell phone can also be a good way to keep in touch and check in.
“Holidays can be a great way to bring the community together and enjoy the benefits of a friendly neighborhood,” says Kuester. “Even the HOA board can get involved by passing out candy at the clubhouse and providing a central location where people can meet up. Let kids enjoy the festivities while taking step to make sure they have a safe night.”
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