|© Maxim Kostenko|
Halloween has finally arrived and I think there is one thing on your little one’s mind…CANDY! I’m sure they can’t wait for the sun to go down and run around the neighborhood collecting their treats.
Though just a reminder, dimly light streets and lots of kids out and about whose vision might be obstructed by their costume, can cause quite a dangerous situation. Very often, the number of pedestrian injuries increases on Halloween. Sadly, this is the night children are more likely to be hit by a car than any other night during the year.
In addition, if you use an actual candle in your Jack o’ Lantern, please take extra caution. Affording to the National Fire Protection Association, of all the days in the year, Halloween ranks fifth for candle fires.
Keep these safety tips in mind tonight:
- Stay in groups while trick-or-treating. There should always be an adult supervising young children.
- Stick to neighborhoods you are familiar with or visit homes of neighbors you know personally.
- When trick-or-treating, after the sun goes down, always carry a flashlight. Reflective wear on costumes is always helpful.
- WALK! Do not run from house to house.
- Stay on the sidewalks and not in the street.
- Costumes should be flame retardant and should not be at a length that can cause your children to trip or fall.
- Skip the mask this year. They tend to obstruct one’s vision. Use non-toxic face paint or Halloween makeup instead.
- Have your children wait till they are home to snack on any candy they’ve collected while trick-or-treating. Parents need to examine the treats for signs of tampering (look for torn or loose packages, or small pinholes).
- If you are a motorists out on Halloween night, stay alert at all times! Be aware of trick or treaters crossing the street. On a night like this, you’ll have to drive defensively. No matter how often parents remind kids of these safety tips, they can often become excited and dart into the street to get to the next house.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!
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