Halloween can be so exciting and fun—especially if you have children in your life. But don’t let the excitement and anticipation of dressing up and trick-or-treating take over your common sense. Go over this Halloween safety reminder with the kids well before letting the little goblins go out. Here 15 easy-to-remember tips to help keep them safe and sound.
- Help your children plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Teach your kids their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they get lost or have an emergency.
- Be sure to walk with a flashlight so that you are seen by others.
- Remind kids to stay in a group, walk slowly and let others know where they are going.
- Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
- Use well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never let your kids cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
- Remind children to follow traffic and pedestrian signals.
- Have your kids remove any masks or items that limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
- Never eat food that is unwrapped or drink from open beverages.
- Adults should thoroughly inspect treats once their child is at home. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
- No one wants an achy tooth. Allot some your child’s candy for the days following Halloween.
- It’s true that sharing is caring, but make sure your kids don’t give candy toddlers.
- A healthy Halloween is a great Halloween. Try buying healthier, packaged food alternatives for kids who visit your home.
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