10 Tips for a Safe Halloween
Tomorrow night, your biggest worry should be how much candy you are allowing your kids to eat on Halloween. Before you head out with your little trick-or-treaters, here are a few tips for you and your family to keep in mind this Halloween.
1. Remind your kids about street safety. You might be surprised to learn that the most common injuries during Halloween are pedestrian accidents. Safe Kids Worldwide reportes that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day. Make sure you and your kids look both ways and keep looking as you cross the street. Cross only at cross-walks while using traffic signals and never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Children should always walk on sidewalks or walking paths.
2. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
3. Make sure your kids can be seen. Safe Kids suggest adults should "carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids be seen by drivers."
4. .Help ration out appropriate portion sizes. It's easy to get carried away and inhale a whole bag of Halloween candy in one night. Help your child avoid this by limiting their portion sizes to an appropriate amount.
5. Make sure your kids can see and be seen. Check masks and Halloween costumes to be sure your child can see well before going out trick-or-treating. Also, choose bright costumes and/or consider putting reflectors on their costumes or candy bags so that drivers can see your children easier. Make sure your child has a flashlight while out trick-or-treating.
6. A parent should always accompany children younger than 12 when they go out trick-or-treating. If older children are mature enough and are planning to go alone, have them go out on a planned route that you agree upon ahead of time. These kids should always stay in groups, carry a cell phone for easy and quick communication and stay only in well-lit areas. Teach kids never to approach cars or go inside homes for candy.
7. Check out their costumes. Make sure that costumes and shoes fit well, and that there are no sharp edges so that if they trip, they don’t inadvertently hurt themselves. Also, try to pick out costumes, wigs or accessories that are specifically labeled as flame resistant.
8. Do a test run with make-up. Make-up is a great alternative to masks, but test it out on a small patch of skin ahead of time so that you’re not surprised with any scary reactions on Halloween.
9. Avoid decorative contact lenses. Teens may want to use decorative contacts, but be careful. Contacts are NEVER one size fits all and can cause inflammation and/or infections if not used properly, so it’s just not worth the risk.
10. Slow down and be alert! Safe Kids warn that "kids are excited and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away."
Here are a few more safety tips from Safe Kids.