Trick or Treating Safety Tips
Basic safety tips can keep your children safe while trick or treating on Halloween night
Halloween is a night anticipated and looked forward to by millions of children every year. It's little wonder seeing it's a night devoted to costumes, tricks and lots of treats. I don't ever want to teach my children to live in fear however as a parent I can never ignore potentially dangerous situations without taking the necessary precautions to ensure my children's safety. There are some added dangers about the night so it's important to take precautions. A couple key tips for Halloween trick or treating safety can assuage your fears and leave the kids to a fun filled evening where no one gets hurt.
Avoid Candles or Luminaries
Avoid walking near any lit candles or luminaries. Make sure children are dressed in flame resistant Halloween costumes. If you use candles or luminaries to decorate your home or yard use flameless candles. They make specific indoor/outdoor sets such as this set of 9 that includes a remote control and timer.
Use Caution with Halloween Candy
Eat only factory sealed Halloween candy and treats. The only time you should eat a homemade treat is if you know the neighbor handing out that treat. If the giver is unknown to you, discreetly remove that treat from your child's bag once you're no longer in vision of the house. Keep it separate to ensure it doesn't get consumed.When you get home inspect your child's bag of candy to ensure it doesn't look tampered with and to remove any choke hazards.
Do you inspect your child's Halloween candy?
Street Safety on Halloween
Ensure that your children are visible to passing cars by using several pieces of reflective tape across their back and shoulders.As always teach children to look both ways before crossing the street. Just because it's Halloween no one should assume it's safe to walk in the middle of the street.Never go out alone. Always walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Do not enter a stranger's home.
Be prepared for the worst case scenario
Bring a cell phone with you when going trick or treating. Prior to leaving attach an emergency identification tag discreetly to your children's costumes. This will help you be reunited if by some chance they do get separated from you in the crowd. Talk with them prior to leaving the house about what your expectations are and what to do if they get lost.
Be safe when using face paint
Test face paint and make-up in a small area particularly for small children. Make sure they don't have a reaction before applying it to the entire face. Thoroughly wash face before bed to avoid irritation.
© 2012 Melissa Miotke