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How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween
Oct 21st 2010 at 12:53 PM
It's almost Halloween, that annual celebration of all things ghostly and ghoulish! Make sure your little monsters stay safe this Halloween by following a few basic guidelines.
Dressing Them Up
- Bright or light colored costumes are much more visible at night. Sewing a little reflective tape to the costume will further increase visibility.
- Choose costumes, accessories and props that are flame-resistant, color-fast and do not contain any materials that might be toxic or that have any sharp edges or pieces that may snap off and become a hazard.
- Whenever possible, use hypoallergenic makeup instead of masks, which can impair a child's vision, hearing or breathing.
- The night can be quite chilly so plan their costumes so that they can go over top of clothing appropriate for the weather. Your daughter may want to go as a ballerina, but if there's snow on the ground a ballet costume will not keep her warm enough. If it's nippy, be sure she has a jacket or parka over that tutu, mitts or gloves, and even a scarf.
- Make sure the kids are wearing shoes or boots that are suitable for walking the distance and for the weather conditions.
- If the child is going as a mummy, watch those trailing bandages! Costumes should not be longer than your child's ankles or have long dragging parts that could be hazardous for walking.
Rules for Trick or Treating
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating. Older children should always travel in groups of three or more.
- If it's quite dark or the street lights in your neighborhood are dim, make sure they carry a flashlight.
- Send them out with a plan and a map of the route they are to take. Make it clear that they're not to go to any streets that are not on the map, and set a time by which they must be home. If possible, make sure the child has a cell phone with him/her and knows how to use it to call you if he/she gets lost or is going to be late getting back.
- Be sure that your child knows and obeys pedestrian safety rules, that all streets must be crossed only at marked crosswalks and well lit corners.
- Stress safety at all times. Children must know that they NEVER accept rides from strangers, and NEVER go up to the door of a house by themselves. They should also be told to stay away from houses that are not well lit.
- Be sure your child knows NEVER to eat any of his/her treats until you have had a chance to inspect them and make sure that they're safe.
- Each year, more communities hold Halloween parties and functions which are a much safer alternative than door-to-door trick or treating. Consider attending one of these instead. Or host your own neighborhood get-together.
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