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  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Sarah from AT&T asked me to share these Halloween safety tips with you:

    • Program emergency contact numbers for nearby family and close friends to the speed-dial list on your and your children’s cell phones.
    • Have a family communications plan in place. Tell your kids to call home if they become separated from the group or if they ever feel scared or lost.
    • Capture/share the moment by using your camera or video phone feature to snap those funny, spur-of-the-moment photos or videos of your kids in their Halloween costumes.
    • Create a “Trick-or-Treat” patrol. Have a group of adults monitoring Halloween activities by posting people with wireless phones throughout the neighborhood. It’s a great way to keep neighborhoods safe and builds camaraderie.
    • Make sure your wireless phone has a fully charged battery. That way, you can be assured the phone is working while out and around the neighborhood.
    • Raise the volume. With all the noise of a group, it can be hard to hear the phone ring, so be sure to put the volume on high and select a clearly audible ring tone.
    • Make sure kids can easily access their wireless phone. Costumes and candy can get cumbersome — use a belt clip or other accessory that leaves hands free but keeps the phone within easy reach.
    • Establish a periodic check-in time. For older children who may venture out with less supervision, set a periodic check-in time to call or text home through the evening to ensure they are OK.
    • Keep a list of adults’ contact information. Trade phone numbers will all parents who are in your party, especially if you can’t physically be with your kids.
    • Be a Wireless Samaritan. If you see anything suspicious or out of place, call 9-1-1 or notify local law enforcement authorities.
    • Drive responsibly. Don’t let phone conversations be a distraction as you cruise the neighborhood.

    By the way, Sarah said that Halloween is one of AT&T’s heaviest wireless calling days each year, though she couldn’t explain except to say that calls are generally heavier on holidays.


    1. Thanks for the tips.

      I’m actually going Trick or Treat’in with my nephews and nieces tomorrow – it’ll be the first time for me in many many years!

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      I hope you have a blast, Jonathan!

    3. Melinda Zook says:

      Good tips for those that are going out without the rents! Sometimes we forget to do things with all the excitement.