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AMERIND Risk Offers Halloween Safety Tips for Indian Country

AMERIND Risk encourages everyone in Indian country to prepare and take the necessary steps for a fun and safe Halloween.
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AMERIND Risk encourages everyone to prepare and take the necessary steps for a fun and safe Halloween. Make sure to educate your children on the dangers of fire, keep matches and lighters out of their reach and be sure to go over trick-or-treating safety tips early, even the day before.

To be safest this Halloween, use a battery powered candle inside your jack-o’-lantern. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 80 percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.

If you do use a candle in that carved pumpkin, remember to keep those candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable and make sure to blow them out before going to bed.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

Carry a flashlight; walk, don’t run; stay on sidewalks; obey traffic signals.

Stay in familiar neighborhoods; don’t cut across yards or driveways.

Wear a watch you can read in the dark; Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.

Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).

Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.

Carry only flexible toy knives, swords or other props.

Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape; approach only houses that are lit.

Stay away from pets and animals you don’t know.

Safety Tips for Parents and Homeowners:

Make sure your children eat dinner before setting out.

Children should carry a cellular phone if available.

Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

Older children should have a set curfew.

Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.

Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Discard anything that looks suspect.

Make sure your yard is clear of things like ladders, hoses, dog leashes, flowetpots.

Pets may get frightened; protect them from cars or from biting children.

Use battery powered lights in your jack o’ lantern instead of flaming candles.

Consider healthy snack foods such as raisins, low-fat crackers, and single serve packets of popcorn or cereal or non-food treats like pencils or plastic toys.

AMERIND Risk was founded almost 30 years ago by more than 400 tribes. They pooled their resources to create affordable and sustainable insurance products and services to keep money circulating in Indian Country. AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, businesses and individual property coverage. It is a 100 percent tribally owned and operated insurance provider in Indian Country—Tribes Protecting Tribes.