Halloween Tips for Safety and Happiness
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. It is a true fact that on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Here are some things you can do to help stay safe:
- It’s never safe for children to trick-or-treat alone. Trick-or-treating should always be in a group, or with a trusted adult.
- Remind trick-or-treaters that it’s important to look both ways before crossing the street, and to always cross at a regular crosswalk.
- It’s never good to trick-or-treat in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
- Reflective tape should be fastened to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters. It’s also good for them to carry a flashlight.
- Remind trick-or-treaters of the dangers of getting into a stranger’s car at any time. If someone stops them and asks for help or offers them candy, tell them to scream as loud as they can and run.
- Masks, costumes, and shoes should fit well to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Only factory-wrapped treats should be eaten, and homemade treats from strangers should be avoided.
- Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it.
- Homes should not be entered unless a trick-or-treater(s) is (are) with a trusted adult.
- Children should wear flame-resistant costumes, and they should never walk near lit candles.
- Feed trick-or-treaters food, or a snack, before they go out so that they won’t be tempted to eat treats before they get home (this is best), or not eat many of them before they get home (this is next best).
- If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.
- Remember, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Remember, if your family celebrates Halloween; make it a safe and enjoyable occasion.
Remember also the Health Power motto: KNOWLEDGE + ACTION = POWER!