It’s trick or treat time again.
Halloween is a magical and fun time for kids. I know that it was my favorite night and my memories are happy ones. Let’s make sure that our children’s memories are full of happiness by working behind the scenes to make sure that they remain safe. Check out our top 10 kids Halloween safety tips below.
- Use face paint instead of a mask. Some masks inhibit sight lines and that’s not a good thing when crossing roads in the dark. Remember to remove make-up before bed to prevent skin irritation
- Make sure that the costume clothing is bright. Reflective tape should be a part of every costume.
- Costumes and footwear should fit well to avoid trips and falls. If a costume requires accessories like knives or swords, make sure that they are short and flexible.
- One person in the group should be carrying a flashlight. Children should be instructed to walk and not run at all times.
- Kids should trick- or- treat as a group, never alone. They should have instructions and guidance regarding how far they can go and when they need to be home. Young children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult.
- At least one person in the group should be carrying a cell phone.
- Always inspect your child’s candy. If it is not sealed properly, or if it is home made, throw it out.
- If you are purchasing a costume, make sure that it is fire retardant. Keep children away from lit candles and jack o’lanterns.
- If there are no lights on at the house, skip it. Children should also be instructed to stay outside the door and to never enter any house.
- Always walk on the sidewalk and wherever possible cross the street at corners using traffic signals or crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far away from the street as possible.
If you are a homeowner and expecting trick or treaters at your door, there are a few things that you can do to keep kids safe.
- Make sure that your walkway is well lit and that the stairs are free of obstacles to avoid trips and falls.
- Place candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries on sturdy tables and away from areas where they could be knocked over by pets or children.
- If you are driving on Halloween night be sure to be extra careful. Drive a little slower and watch out for those little trick-or-treaters.
Stay safe and have fun this Halloween.
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