Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips


  • Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own. Babies: Make sure you keep child's arms and legs in the stroller at all times, and everyone should stay away from open flames!
  • There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group, and look both ways before crossing!
  • Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it. If they have cell phones, make sure they are charged and the kids know to call you if needed.
  • Take the long way 'round. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots. Stick to areas they know!
  • Try trick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. And, you might also suggest the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch. Stay in well-lighted areas!
  • Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch. Teach a child NEVER to go inside the house!
  • Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Remember, shorter = safer. Goes without saying but just in case you forget, ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them!
  • Don't cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear [skin-safe] make-up so they can see better.
  • Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with. (And pick the best candy for yourself of course! Ha!)
  • Say "no" to strangers.Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.
  • Obey the law. Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.
  • Have a great time! Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy.
  • Source: Kaboodle and Harrisons Halloween blog