October 26th, 2015 16:53 EST
Calling All Parents: Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween Safety Tips
- Parents should accompany their children while the children are Trick or Treating. At least be close enough to see your child at all times.
- Take a cell phone if possible.
- Children should travel in a group. Although older children may travel in pairs, they should still be in contact with their parents or a guardian.
- If the neighborhood is participating in a Trick or Treat Trail program, stick to the trail.
- Pre-plan the route children will be taking and consider the approximate time they will be gone.
- Work out a plan in case your child gets separated from the group. Supply each child with a telephone contact number and an alternate place to meet; If necessary attach the telephone number to the child`s costume.
- Each child should be equipped with a flashlight. This flashlight, whether carried on a string or in a pocket, should be considered a part of the costume making it important to the child
- Incorporate reflective tape into the costume for maximum visibility in the dark.
- Avoid costumes made with large amounts of plastic. Be extremely cautious of materials which could come in contact with flame (candles, etc.)
Trick or Treat
- Children should not go to homes which are off the established path or the path agreed upon with parents.
- Don`t go to homes which are either poorly lit or not lit at all.
- Be wary of older individuals who are not known to the group, but begins walking with and associating with them.
- Accept no rides from strangers.
- Children should not ride by themselves, in a car, with anyone except a parent, brother or sister.
- If you observe something unusual happen; children should notify their parents. A parent may need to notify the police.
- Parents, do not allow your children to eat their treats until they return home and you are able to inspect it.
- Inspect all wrappers for tears, holes and/or unusual characteristics.
- Pay particular attention to soft candies and soft chocolate bars.
- If a wrapper is torn or exhibits a hole in it, open it and inspect the candy further. If you feel uncomfortable about the candy or suspect it in any way, throw the candy away. Give the child candy from your own stock. Inspect fruits also for cuts, punctures, or marks which may look unsanitary or the results of tampering.
Parents, we teach Stranger Danger to children nearly every day of the year. We teach children not to accept things from strangers, particularly candy. Yet on Halloween, parents take their children to the doors of strangers and ask them for candy. This is somewhat confusing for a child. Try to go to only the homes of people you know. Or, as I did with my children, when we came home, I replaced their candy with candy I had purchased from a store personally.
Pay attention, be watchful, and have fun!