Halloween Safety Tips

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As we all prepare for one of the most exciting nights of the year for our children it is important to keep in mind a few tips to make sure Halloween is safe and fun for everyone. Did you know that children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year? Here are a few basic reminders that we should all consider before our kids trick-or-treat:

1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. The days are getting shorter and most people will trick or treat when it is dark so reflective tape or stickers will be much more visible to those driving.

2. Avoid masks that obstruct the view of your children. Face paint is a great alternative.

3. Have your children carry flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility and to make it easier for drivers to see them.

4. Make sure an adult accompanies young children. Obviously you know how mature your kids are but I would suggest that an adult supervise kids under 13 years old.

5. If you have children mature enough to trick-or-treat on their own, make sure they stick to areas and neighborhoods they are familiar with and trick-or-treat in groups.

6. Double-check your children’s costumes to make sure they fit. Costumes that are too big can cause kids to trip or fall.

7. Double check the candy and make sure that your kids don’t eat anything that has been previously opened or looks suspicious.

8. Be especially cautious and on the look out for trick-or-treaters when you are on your way home from work and driving. It is not a bad idea to get home a little early on Halloween to help decrease traffic in your neighborhood.


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