Halloween Safety: Simple Tips For Families

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.

For parents:

  • 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.

For homeowners:

  • 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!

Safety Tips For Families With Special Needs

All families are concerned with safety, both when at home and when away. Families with special needs share this concern. In addition, though they have certain issues other families may not have to deal with, which force them to focus on security at a higher level. Certain things like mobility, communication, and developmental delays make safety doubly important.

Here is advice from experts about how to handle this challenge.

Safety Plan Creation Tips:

  1. Include family and community members who come into daily contact with the special needs child.
  2. Think about all of the places in which your child needs to be protected.
  3. Consider the top safety risks for your child.
  4.  Give your child a form of identification with contact names and numbers listed.
  5. Contact your local communications center, police department, and/or 911 call center to communicate your concerns and safety plan with the appropriate officials.

Safety In The Home Tips:

  • Furniture – Secure top-heavy furniture and electronic equipment to the wall with furniture brackets or safety straps.
  • Visitors – Teach your special needs child the safety rules about opening the door to visitors, especially if he is home alone.

With a little extra focus, families that have special needs can easily create a safety plan, which will let them live in confidence and comfort, knowing that they are prepared for any emergency.