With Halloween this weekend, it’s important that everybody be extra cautious. Although Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children, there are unfortunately many accidents that can occur.
Increased foot-traffic, mixed with children trying to get from house to house quickly, mixed with people driving to and from parties creates the perfect storm for the potential for accidents.
In order to help everyone stay safe, here are some suggestions:
Give Children Rules
Be sure you communicate your expectations very clearly for the night and make sure they understand your expectations. There should be no question as to what your children are doing, whom they are with, and where they will be.
Be sure to cross only in designated cross walks, street corners, and lights. Always look both ways when crossing a street, even if you think no cars are coming. Look for cars that are parking, turning, or backing up and stay out of their way.
Use Safe Costumes
As creative as costumes can be, they can also pose a safety hazard. Be sure they fit your children properly so they can walk, see, and breathe properly. Face paint is preferable over masks as it will allow your children to have full range of site.
If you are driving on Halloween night, be sure to drive extra cautiously. If there are children trying to cross the street, let them go first. Be on the lookout for children at all times, especially in residential neighborhoods.
Before your children eat the candy, be sure to inspect it. If the wrapper is torn, if it is smashed, or doesn’t seem like it’s been properly stored, throw it out. The last thing anyone needs is for someone to get sick because of a bad piece of candy.
We wish everyone a safe, festive and happy Halloween!