For families across the country, Halloween is the official launch of the holiday and decorating season, which is why it is important for parents to recognize the potential safety hazards that may be associated...
10 Trick or Treat Tips to Keep Kids Safe
Dressing your children up as monsters, giving them a bag to go begging and then sending them off into the night sounds fairly innocent, right? Ok, not so much. Trick or treating is not as bad as all that, but it certainly has it’s dangers. Any time you have that many kids out and about you are sure to have some problems.
Here are ten great tips to help keep the kids safe while trick or treating:
1. Make sure they are visible
A large portion of Halloween related tragedies are because kids are virtually invisible in their costumes. Dark costumes that have no reflective qualities are extremely dangerous. Flashlights help and should be carried as well, but make sure the costumes are visible when cars are coming.
2. Make sure they can see clearly
Another large portion of accidents are due to the child being unable to see or move about safely. Masks are the primary culprit and can be a huge problem when not worn carefully. Teach kids to wear the mask only when at the door and to then pull it up to move to the next location. Costumes that drag or come unraveled can be a huge problem too.
3. Make certain the costume is not flammable or inherently dangerous
You would be shocked at the number of flammable costumes that are found out there still. Be sure to check and make sure your kid is not wearing one of them. Also check makeup to make certain it is not of a toxic nature. Not all paint is safe.
4. Leave early and come home early
Out at dusk and in at dark was the rule in my home growing up. Get them started quickly and home before the night sky is pitch black.
5. Travel in groups
Kids should go in groups and parents can observe from a safe distance. This is the safest way. If a kid is young enough to trick or treat, they are young enough to have their parents with them.
6. Stay out of the roadways
Kids should use the sidewalks, front yards and such to travel in. If you must travel along the road, reconsider the area you are trick or treating in. If you still insist, then make sure you are traveling carefully and close to your little one between homes.
7. Stick to the familiar neighborhoods
Don’t decide on a new neighborhood for trick or treating. That can end very badly.
8. Avoid homes that are not lit or decorated
People who want to celebrate Halloween are usually not very shy about it. You can tell at a glance whether they are wanting kids at their doors.
9. Have your child carry updated contact information
Make sure you kid knows their name, phone number and address. Then write all of that down as well as any medical information that is important in case you are separated.
10.Make sure you inspect all treats before eating
Most of us have heard the story about the apple and the razor blade. While this may or may not be a legend, it makes a valid point. If you are uncertain, leave it be. If it is opened, you are uncertain.
Halloween trick or treating is a source of great fun. Keep to these easy safety tips and you will enjoy Halloween too!