Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Halloween is fast approaching. Soon, the streets will be filled with ghosts, goblins, princesses and cowboys. To help make this year's festivities a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:

For the Young Ones

  • Going out at night? Find a costume that has bright colors or add reflective tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
  • If the costume has wigs or beards, make sure they don’t cover your child’s eyes, noses, or mouths.
  • If your child wants to wear a mask, make sure it allows them to easily see and breathe.
  • Consider using nontoxic face paint or makeup. It is good practice to test the face paint or makeup on your child's arm or hand before applying. This will allow you to make sure the paint doesn't irritate the skin.
  • Try to avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes and costumes that have long fabric that can cause children to trip.
  • When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they are sealed. Throw out any candy with holes in the packages, spoiled items and any homemade foods from individuals you do not know.

For Parents with Older Kids

  • If your child is trick-or-treating on their own, find out the route they'll be taking.
  • Make sure they go in a group and stress that they stay together.
  • Advise them to only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets. 
  • Steer clear from candles and other flames.
  • Equip your child with a flashlight with new batteries.
Finally, make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home as well. Remove anything that could cause kids to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Double check to see if the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Any other tips you’d like to share? Add them to the comments section.

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