Are youÂ planning on taking the kids out to trick-or-treat this Halloween? Or want to open your home up to assorted ghouls and goblins yourself? We haveÂ you covered withÂ some basic Halloween safety tips for Smyrna, GA. One of the big selling points with Smyrna real estate is the safe neighborhoods in the area, but you still have to be careful of everyday hazards that can present themselves in particular during this popular evening to get out and about.Â
Kids and Cars
Quite a few things make trick-or-treating an occasion when parents really have to keep a close eye on their kids, as well as the neighbor kids, if theyâre all going together. First and foremost, people donât stop driving on Halloween. Be extra cautious when kids cross the roads and keep them off of it when theyâre going house to house.
It gets dark early on Halloween night, so make sure your kids have reflective tape on their costumes. Itâs a better idea to take them out when the sun is still up, and make sure your kids donât wear masks that obscure their vision.
Give Kids a Way to Communicate
Be sure your kids have a cellular phone or, if youâre planning on sticking closer together, a walkie talkie. You can get Family Radio Service–no license required, no truckers talking like on CB–radios for very inexpensive prices. You can read a long explanation of them here, or you can just go to the store and look for a set. Theyâre cheap and easy and might be a better option than cell phones for younger children. Just remember that the range isnât all that far, and requires line of sight, even if the box says the radios work to 50 miles.
Have a Plan
Plan out your trick or treating adventure beforehand. Google Maps is great for this. You can zoom right in on Smyrna itself here.
If your kids are older, make sure they let you know where theyâre going and around what time they should be back. Between a cell phone and a planned route, parents can avoid a lot of anxiety.
Remember it Gets Dark Fast
The sun will go down in the Atlanta area at around 6:40pm on Halloween night. Again, with younger kids, itâs best to go from house to house during the day, so keep the sunset time in mind when planning. Also keep in mind that drivers arenât going to be used to it being dark so early, so remember what was said about traffic.
If you want an idea of which neighborhoods are best for taking the kids out, askÂ us! A lot of people move into houses this time of year, and getting out for a family night in the neighborhood is a great way to meet the people living around you! Have a safe Smyrna Halloween!
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