TRICK-OR-TREAT SAFELY

Following a few safety rules can make Halloween both fun & safe!

Special to Official Kids Mag

 

As thousands of children prepare to go trick-or-treating, it is best to once again revisit safety tips that can help ensure this Halloween is enjoyable and injury-free.

Visibility

Children should be dressed in highly visible costumes so drivers can easily see them. Parents and chaperones also should be dressed in bright colors. Reflective tape and flashlights also make pedestrians more visible to oncoming cars.

Routes

Children and adults should plan their trick-or-treating routes ahead of time. This way they kids can be found quickly if they are separated from their groups, and parents can choose safe neighborhoods. Choose neighborhoods and paths that have the least amount of automobile traffic.

Walk, don’t run

Trick-or-treaters should stick to sidewalks and only cross the street at intersection crosswalks. Make sure kids know to avoid darting out between cars or cutting across lawns and driveways. When darkness sets in, fast-moving children can be difficult to see.

Visit only lit houses

Residents who don’t want to answer the door will typically leave their homes’ exterior lights off. Only visit homes that are decorated, bright and welcoming to trick-or-treaters.

Go in groups

Children should go out in groups and always be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Costume safety

Everyone should wear well-fitted costumes that do not drag on the floor or impede mobility. Choose face paint over masks so that vision is not obscured.

Beware of fire hazards

Keep clear of jack-o-lanterns that are lit by real flames. Homeowners can opt for LED lights or other, safer methods of illumination rather than candles and open flames.

 

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