Thursday, October 27, 2011

10 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is my favorite time of year. I love when all the little ghouls and goblins escape their homes pretending to be their favorite character or imaginary being ringing doorbells and show off their awesomeness.
When it comes to our own children trick-or-treating there is no escape from the sugar high that lasts for days to come. Despite no safety from that, there are a few things we can do to keep them safe when they're (hopefully) impressing the neighbors with their manners and general cuteness.
1.       Adult Supervision.  Accompany your kids. If they are old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell the kids to stay in a group and make sure they have a way of getting a hold of you in case of an emergency.
2.       Map a Plan.  Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it. Have your kids stay in areas where there are a lot of people around and avoTid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.
3.       Trick-or-Treat-Friendly Homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. Remind them to NEVER enter someone’s home. Wait outside for candy or leave.
4.       Say "NO" to Strangers.  Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger. Encourage them to keep at least arms reach from them.
5.       Remain Visible.  Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. Light up shoes might be fun. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
6.       Appropriate Clothing.  Goes without saying but just in case you forget, ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them. Pay attention to the weather to be sure your children will not be cold or overheat. Consider appropriate footwear for the long walk and terrain.
7.       Watch for Obstacles.  If your child is wearing a mask, be sure it is not restricting his/her view. Do not cut across driveways or yards because there may be obstacles which are less visible at night.
8.       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. Remind your kids that no candy can be eaten until your check is complete.
9.       Obey the Law.  Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.
10.   Have a Spooktacular Time!  Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy.
Take Care, D
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