It’s time, tomorrow is Halloween and we as parents need to make sure our kids all stay safe while they are out trick-or-treating. Let’s go over some general safety tips that everyone should be following this year:
- Always accompany your kids during trick-or-treating, especially if they are 12 years old or younger.
- Make sure you practice crossing all roads safely. Look both ways and keep an eye out for any traffic as you cross.
- Don’t walk looking at cell phones, games, etc. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.
- Keep to sidewalks and lighted paths whenever possible.
- Make sure your children’s costumes are safe. They should have reflective elements on their costumes to ensure cars can see them.
- Children and/or parents should carry flashlights or glow sticks with them to increase their visibility.
- For younger children, go out early to avoid larger crowds of older children.
- Only go to houses that have their lights on and are obviously participating in trick-or-treating.
- Make sure you look over all of the candy or food that your children receive prior to your kids eating it.
- Don’t take or eat anything that is not pre-packaged or homemade.
- Make sure all packaging is not damaged or opened.
- Get your treats examined via x-ray if any of the medical providers in your area offer it to avoid ingesting foreign objects.
- FDA – Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents
- CDC – Halloween Health and Safety Tips
- Kids.gov – Five Tips to Make Your Halloween Safe
- American Academy of Pediatrics – Halloween Safety Tips 2016
- Parents.com – Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know
- Safekids.org – Halloween Safety Tips
Stay safe out there everyone and have fun!