Saturday, October 25, 2014

Smart Safety: Halloween Tips

Halloween is right around the corner and we know that that means: decorations, costumes and more importantly (for the kids), trick-or-treating! With all of the celebration and activities, safety is the #1 factor to keep in mind, especially considering that children are approaching houses they might not typically be visiting.

Jarrett Arthur, self-defense expert, wants to share the following tips to help keep your family safe:

For Parents with younger kids:-Make sure that they can see properly out of their costumes
-Get glowsticks and flashlights so that they can see in the dark
-Check all candy in the light once you get home to make sure wrappers aren’t tampered with
-Visit the Megan’s Law website (CA) or your state's sex offender registry and note which houses in your neighborhood house registered sex offenders and avoid

For Parent with older kids who will be trick-r-treating with friends:-Pre-plan a route for your kid and their friends so they know where to go
-If your child is trick-r-treating in a friends neighborhood visit that area to make sure it looks safe
-Make sure your child has an emergency plan and a way to get in touch with you in case they get lost or don’t feel safe
-Set a precise pick-up time and place

For Parents with teens:-Set clear boundaries and rules as to what is allowed and not allowed on Halloween
-Talk with your teen about issues related to underage drinking according to your rules
-If your teen is driving, set clear rules and expectations for who is allowed in their car with them

Jarrett Arthur’s passion is helping others transform through self-defense training and education, with a particular focus on women, mothers and children. One of the highest ranking female Krav Maga black belts in the U.S., Jarrett comes armed with years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of men, women, and children over the course of her 10 year career. Jarrett has been featured as an expert on national television shows including Ellen, Access Hollywood and Good Day LA, as well as in numerous publications including Fitness Magazine and The New York Times.

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