Parents, itâ€™s time for some last-minute Halloween safety prep!
Kids love Halloween night with the free candy, dressing up in costumes, and enjoying a night with their friends; itâ€™s easy enough to forget about precautions. Safety measures often fall by the wayside while selecting a costume, trick-or-treating, and enjoying sweets! However, parents, while Halloween is all fun and games, you donâ€™t want to end up with a mishap or kid catastrophe on the night.
Ensure the safety of your children with these safety steps:
- Opt forÂ face paints: Masks can obstruct your childâ€™s breathing and make it hard to see oncoming traffic or to back up vehicles. Choose non-toxic face paints instead.
- Fitting costume: Choose a bright-colored costume to make your child more visible in the dark, that there is no dragging material that could cause trips, and that all props are flexible and soft!
- Illuminate the way: Add reflective tape to their bag or costume, and insist your child carry a flashlight during the night. Add caution tape around the flashlight handle to fit their costume!
- Adult advisory: Any child under 12 should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. If your child is over 12 years of age, establish a pre-planned walking route and a curfew.
- Walk the talk:Â Remind your child of road safety, like looking left, right, and left again before crossing the street, walking on sidewalks at all times, and crossing busy roads as designated crosswalks only.
- Candy police: Inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. If your child is particularly excited, unwrap a few sweets for them, so they donâ€™t choke on the casing.