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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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.

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