Halloween is next week and everyone is excited. Trick or treating, candy eating and scares are coming fast and furiously. It’s important to remember that while it’s a fun time, it is important to be safe and to use good judgment on Halloween. Here are a three Halloween safety tips.
Make Sure Your Kids (And Yourself) Can Be Seen
When out with the little ones, make sure that they (and you) can be seen easily. It’s dark out, and getting darker earlier and earlier. While black may be a spooky color, it’s also a color that will make your kids hard to see. This could be dangerous with them crossing streets when going trick or treating. Make sure they have something bright on them. A reflector is always good. If they don’t want to ruin their outfit, make their bag for candy collecting bright. Yellow or orange is always good to stand out. Be safe and make sure they can stand out.
Never Let Your Kids Enter Any Homes
When trick or treating, your kids will be going door to door to get candy. Monitor their actions and never let them enter any houses of people you don’t know. While Halloween is a fun time, it’s also a time we should be safe. Watch your children and while they can talk to strangers, never let them enter a home without your supervision.
If A Candy Is Unwrapped, Throw It Out
Mmmmm candy! One of the best parts of Halloween is collecting candy. While your kids will want as much as possible, if a candy has no wrapper or one that is open, throw it out. While the chances are slim that someone may have done something to the candy, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
All of us at Think Protection would like to wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween! Watch out for ghosts and goblins! And sleep easy knowing your secured at home by Think Protection!
Treat or treat!
It’s Halloween, and while everyone loves to dress up and get as much candy as possible, we shouldn’t overlook a few easy steps to stay safe during the holiday. Here are a few easy common sense tips, that if followed will help everyone have a safe and amazing Halloween.
- Have your kids wear an outfit that does not include masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
- Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material. Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front, so that drivers can better see your child.
- Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses or capes.
- With younger children, put your child’s name, address and phone number on his costume.
- Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends.
If your child is going out without an adult:
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
- Give them a flashlight. A cell phone should also be given, so this way if they are in danger or distress they can notify you at anytime
- Draw a map outlining the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
- Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
- Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.
For children and youth:
- Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, or add some reflective tape.
- Bring a cell phone, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
- Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
- Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
- Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s house.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
- If you have any allergies, tell the person who is giving out the treats.
- Don’t eat any of your treats before you get home. When home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.
- Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
- Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
- Sweep wet leaves from your steps and sidewalk.
- Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle. If you are using a candle, don’t leave the pumpkin unattended.
- Remember that some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or yo-yos.
All of us at Think Protection hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!