Halloween Safety Tips
We all know that Halloween-time is supposed to be scary, but it’s meant to be scary in the fun ways. Here are a few tips to help your little ones stay safe this Halloween and keep the bad scares away.
#1 Kid-Proof the Costumes
Got costume weapons? Make sure the swords, knives and other weapons are short, soft and flexible. Kids will find using their costume weapons irresistible, so to save future tears, provide “weapons” that are harmless.
#2 Adult Supervision
Don’t send kids trick-or-treating alone. Have them go in a group with a responsible caretaker. Make sure that your kids know not to enter the homes or cars of strangers. Teach them exactly what to say or do if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation so they will be prepared if ever the time comes.
As you can imagine, poor visibility can lead to a number of accidents. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and it will most likely get dark while trick-or-treaters are out. Make sure your trick-or-treaters take a flash light with them. Have them wear a bit of reflective tape on their costumes to help drivers see them and teach them to use sidewalks and crosswalks. Also, check mask visibility to make sure that your child can see well enough while in costume. As a driver, be sure to be watchful and drive carefully.
It is a good idea to instruct your kids to not open their candy until they get home, so that a parent can examine it before consumption. Parents should inspect candy for tampering. Look for choking hazards and candy that is not wrapped. Remember to limit your children on how much candy they can eat at one time to avoid a later tummy-ache!
With visitors constantly arriving, this may stress out your pet. Make sure you have a game plan to either keep your pet from escaping through the open doorway or getting worked up in a tizzy. If possible, give them a quiet, closed off room with food, water, comfort, and their favorite toys. Be especially cautious about letting out your kitty on this evening as Halloween is a time notorious for crimes against felines.