Tips For Keeping Halloween Safe
Halloween can be a fun time for kids. Going to homes to show off their costumes and collect candy can be exciting for them. However, as a parent, you know your child can get so caught in the moment that safety is the last thing on his or her mind. During Halloween, it is important you do all you can to help your child stay safe while still having fun. Here are some tips to help you protect your child:
- Choose costumes that are bright and reflective or add reflective tape to outfits and trick-or-treat bags. Carrying a flashlight will also make a child clearly visible to motorists.
- Look for flame-resistant labels when purchasing costumes, wigs, beards and accessories. Having this label doesn't mean items won’t catch fire, but that items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from what ignited it.
- Make sure shoes fit well and swords, canes, sticks and outfits are short enough to prevent tripping or falling.
- Because masks can limit or block a child’s vision or restrict breathing, consider using non-toxic makeup as a safer alternative. If your child is wearing a hat, make certain it does not slide over their eyes.
On the street
- Having a meal prior to trick-or-treating will keep children alert and discourage them from filling up on candy.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their rounds.
- Older children should never go out alone. Make sure they go as a group or with a partner. Plan and review a route with them that is acceptable to you. Have them agree on an exact time to return home.
- Go only to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home, apartment or car for a treat.
- Carry a cell phone
- Remain on well-lit streets and on sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic.
- Cross only at established crosswalks and never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Make certain you inspect your child’s candy before it is eaten.
- When sorting through candy, look for puncture holes in wrappers, torn wrappers or any signs of tampering.
- A good rule to follow is when in doubt, throw it out.
- Small amounts of candy should be eaten at one time and not consumed by children all at once.
Halloween is a special time for children. By following these guidelines it will continue to be a night they will enjoy for years to come.