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Hurricane preparedness and Halloween Safety

Julie Copeland

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C  Documents and Settings ebresinger Desktop halloween safety resized 600Hi everyone.  We hope that you and your employees are staying safe and dry today – it’s messy out there.  Sandy isn’t letting up and has increased in strength along the East coast today with maximum winds of 85 mph.  Sandy remains a Category 1 hurricane but is expected to lose its characteristics as a tropical cyclone later today and should then move to a wintertime low pressure system.  Despite these changes, hurricane force winds are expected late tonight or early tomorrow morning as the storm comes ashore somewhere in the vicinity of New Jersey.  Sandy is expected to put 50 million people at risk.

Arbill’s mission is to keep your employees safe on the job. But today it extends beyond the job to the community and at home.  Your individual safety, your employees’ safety and your family’s safety is what is important and must be forefront in our minds. We are open all week to support our utility customers and any others in need. We won’t go home until everyone is safe!

So, what does this mean for Trick or Treaters?  Prepare for wet grounds, cold conditions and of course typical safety measures.

Here are some tips for a safe Halloween 2012:


Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.  Be especially vigilant around wet leaves.  Watch for children on roadways, medians and curbs or darting out from between parked cars. Drive slow, especially around puddles and flooded areas. 


  •   Make sure you and your kids are dressed appropriately for the cold wet weather.
  • Caution your kids about walking safely, avoiding puddles, flooded areas and wet leaves.
  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  •   Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions.
  •   Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  •   Teach children to stop only at places that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
  •   Establish a return time.
  •   Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
  •   Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
  •   Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  •   Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  •   Bags or sacks should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  •   Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

Human life is of the utmost importance and Arbill is here to keep you safe. Vist our website to find out more.

That is all for this dreary day but be sure to return tomorrow for our post on workplace safety gloves – Who is responsible?.  Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out on upcoming safety advice.

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Topics: Arbill, Hurricane Sandy, keep your employees safe, Halloween Safety

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