Halloween Safety Tips

10/27/2017

Happy Halloween! Prudential Security wishes everyone a safe and spooky holiday!One of the most exciting times of the year for your kids is Halloween, and to help parents provide a safe experience, here are some Halloween safety tips: 

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

CARVING A NICHE: 

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.

 
HOME SAFE HOME:

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

 
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.

 

 

 

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Prudential Security Teams Up With Vista Maria to Fight Human Trafficking

8/12/2017

Vista Maria is an organization that delivers innovative care, support, treatment and education to vulnerable youth so that they heal, believe in their worth, and build the skills needed to succeed. Their vision is to ensure that vulnerable youth and families are supported, prepared and equipped to achieve lifelong success.

One facet of their activities is fighting Human Trafficking.

With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade industry in the United States, human trafficking generates billions of dollars.  The average age of a victim is 12-14 years old.

Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. The U.S. federal anti-trafficking law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as:

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person is induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or, labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Perpetrators prey on the weak including teens that have dropped out of school, are in the foster care system or have run away from home. Human trafficking is a highly profitable and low risk crime. Traffickers target anyone, including children in their own communities. In Michigan, most times the victim is:

  • A girl or a young woman
  • Seen as commodities, as easy to recruit
  • Cheap to maintain and readily replaceable

StrikeOut Human TraffickingPrudential Security employees and staff will be helping to support the 1st Annual Charity Bowling Event to benefit Vista Maria, which will raise funds to StrikeOut Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is widespread throughout the United States, including Michigan. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug dealing and the fastest growing. Vista Maria is the only licensed and contracted human trafficking treatment program for girls in the state. Our Wings Program helps rescue and restore the lives of victims of human trafficking.

For more details, please visit this link: https://www.vistamaria.org/vm-event/strikeouthumantrafficking/

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2016 / 2017 Prudential Security Above & Beyond Awards

7/31/2017

Photos from our 2016/2017 Above & Beyond Awards held in Chicago!

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Prudential Security at the Jefferson Awards

4/24/2017

Prudential Security is proud of its members of the Executive Protection Division, at this years Jefferson Awards with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Prudential Security is proud of its members of the Executive Protection Division, at this years Jefferson Awards with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Prudential Security is proud of its members of the Executive Protection Division, at this years Jefferson Awards with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

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