Halloween is this weekend and children are getting ready to collect candy, dress up in costumes, and look at Halloween decorations.
As excited as the children can be, though, it often brings uncertainty for parents. Below are pedestrian, road and health tips to help parents keep children safe while they trick or treat.
• Fasten safety reflectors to your child’s costume or give them glow sticks for light during the evening.
• Be sure to purchase fire resistant costumes and wigs.
• Make sure masks, costumes and shoes fit well to prevent tripping or vision issues.
• Do not allow children to carry knives, swords or other props unless they are soft and flexible.
• Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
• Avoid eating homemade treats and inspect candy before consuming.
• If your kids are old enough to trick or treat without you, develop a route that you feel comfortable with, establish a curfew and make sure they know to stay with family members or friends.
• Kids should not go to any house or apartment that is dark and never enter any house or apartment unless you know the resident or are with an adult.
• Children should always use the "buddy system" and never go places alone.
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