Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Keeping your Kids Safe on Halloween

If you plan on having your children go Trick-or-Treating then there are a few things you should do to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

  • Have children carry a flashlight so they can see in the dark
  • Put reflective clothing or a glow stick on your child so people can see them.
  • Remind them to walk and not run. Costumes can sometimes hinder their ability to move and running will only cause more problems.
  • Remind them to stay on sidewalks.
  • Have them only approach houses that are lit.
  • Know where child predators and sex offenders live by looking it up online and avoid those areas.
  • Take your child instead of having them go alone.
  • Don't let them eat candy until after you have inspected it.
  • Remove any candy that is not age appropriate like jaw breakers for young children.
  • Instruct them not to eat any candy that is not wrapped.

If you are expecting Trick-or-Treaters make sure your yard, driveway, and sidewalk are free from things that kids can trip or get injured on in all of the excitement. Have your porch light on. Place your pets in a quiet location (see previous post for what to do with your pets). Turn your porch light out to signal you are out of candy or not serving candy.

I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

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