Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips
From the candy to the costumes, trick-or-treating is a highlight of the season for kids. Halloween is the one night of the year when kids venture out and enjoy themselves by the thousands. Parents may take the opportunity to give their kids a little more freedom than they normally would. Unfortunately, whether or not parents join their kids on the candy trail, it can be a dangerous night if they aren’t careful. Here are a few important safety tips for parents to keep in mind before heading out the door this Halloween.
- Talk to kids about knowing their surroundings. This is the most important lesson to teach kids. By explaining to them that they need to be fully aware when they are alone can avert dangerous situations from happening. One example of this can be telling your kids to leave headphones off when walking around the neighborhood. Explain that using all of your senses is very important.
- Practice the buddy system and stay in groups. Be sure to tell your child how important it is to stay with the group and not to venture off alone.
- Do not associate with strangers or enter a stranger’s home. Inform your child about the tricks used by predators. Tricks such as an emergency trick where the predator tricks the child into thinking there is an emergency and the child must go with the predator. Make sure your kids know that in an emergency you will contact them, and that they are your number one priority. Also, explain that if something were to happen a family member or trusted friend would contact them with a special family code word.
- Plan a route ahead of time and choose a meeting time and spot. This comes in handy if a child is separated from the group.
- Be mindful of costumes: Comfortable shoes, flame retardant costume, prop safety, forgo masks and use face paint for better sight and breathing.
- Also, in the event your child is separated, before going out, put your name and number on your child’s hand and seal it with liquid Band-Aid so it stays put.
- Send kids with a reflector strip, glow sticks, or flash lights.
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