Halloween Safety – 11 Tips for Parents Who Want to Protect Their Kids
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Kids look forward to dressing up in scary costumes and gorging on sweets at Halloween; yet sadly, this fun event presents certain hazards. These days, churches and sometimes community centers host Halloween festivities that provide a safe way for children to enjoy the holiday. However, for those who prefer the conventional method of trick-or-treating, here are some tips to keep in mind to minimize the risks:
An adult should accompany children under the age of 12.
Use makeup rather than a mask, which can obstruct vision.
Costumes need to be short enough that they don’t provoke a fall.
Put reflective tape on costumes, and carry a flashlight to enable motorists to see you in the dark.
Plan your route in advance, and stick to familiar neighborhoods.
Walk on the sidewalks. In areas without them, walk facing traffic and as far away from the curb as possible.
SafeKids advises against using electronic devices on this occasion, a measure that will enable you to walk with your head up and maintain awareness of your environment.
Make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street in front of a car.
Cross a street only at an intersection light or crosswalk.
Never dash out into the street or walk between parked cars.
Parents should check children’s candy and discard any items that aren’t in their original wrappers.
For more information, see Halloween Safety Guide: How to Keep Your Kids Safe during Trick or Treating.
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