10/26/12

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

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Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no real “trick” to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family. The major dangers are not from witches and spirits but rather from falls and pedestrians/car crashes. Here is a list of trick or treating tips to keep your little goblins safe while trick or treating.

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Wear something with a reflector on it – you can even find reflector tape and paint at your local home improvement store or order it online.
  • Go out before dark – especially for little ones. The big kids tend to flood the streets later at night, making it hard for little ones to trick or treat.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house, even if they ask you to come in while they go and get some candy.
  • Don’t allow children to trick-or-treat at homes that are not lit up.

  • Throw away all homemade or unwrapped treats.
  • When walking down the street, have the adult walk closest to the road.
  • Watch where you step!
When you get home, check all of the candy before allowing children to eat any of it. You are looking for;
  • Old warn wrappers
  • Torn wrappers
  • Toys with small parts that may be a choking hazard
  • Any candy that looks like it may have been tampered with
  • Lickable stamps
  • Glass or sharp objects