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Halloween Safety Tips

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:04am
Kathleen Fellinger

For many families, Halloween is a fun and exciting night that kids of all ages look forward to.  The excitement starts well before the big night as parents spend a lot of time helping kids pick out the perfect costume, shopping for the tastiest treats, and decorating the house with pumpkins and ghoulish decor.  But with the fun also comes the responsibility of ensuring our kids have a safe and memorable Halloween too.  Just as you prepare for all the fun, you can help prepare your kids for safety too by discussing some rules to keep them safe before they go out Trick-or-Treating.


Here are some tips to help make everyone’s Halloween a safe one:


TREATS

  • Inspect all goodies your kids bring home, and throw away any unwrapped or loosely wrapped items.
  • Don’t accept homemade treats, unless you personally know the person who gives them.
  • If you have young children, remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers. Dispose of anything that looks suspicious.
  • Remember that some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or yo-yos.

COSTUMES

  • Ensure your children’s costumes fit well.  Long hems and oversized garments can trip them up.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with your costume.
  • Help kids choose costumes that are light-coloured and are flame-retardant.  Use reflective tape on costumes and bags to make children more visible.
  • Use face paint instead of masks.  Trick-or-treaters need to be able to see as well as be seen.
  • Your child's name, address and telephone number should be written inside of their clothing, where it's not visible.
  • Choose accessories that are flexible and made of soft material; not sharp or pointed.

PARENTS SHOULD...

  • Supervise children younger than 12 years of age.
  • When adult supervision isn't possible, let kids trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Begin trick-or-treating early in the evening.
  • Don't send children out on any empty stomach. You don't want kids munching on treats before you’ve had a chance to inspect them.
  • If your child has a cell phone, be sure it’s charged up and ready to use in case of an emergency.
  • For older children, parents can plan a route before kids leave the house and set a return time if they’re going out with friends.
  • Use flashlights and look both ways before crossing the street. Flashlights help you see in the dark and help motorists see you.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Remind children to NOT run between parked cars.
  • Instruct children to only go to well-lit houses and remain outside while waiting for treats.  Never enter a stranger’s house.

MOTORISTS SHOULD...

  • Slow down, especially in residential areas.
  • Watch for children darting out from parked cars.
  • When driving children around, use child safety seats or seatbelts. Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not facing traffic.

HOMEOWNERS SHOULD...

  • Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters.
  • Clear walkways and yards of toys or debris so little ones don't fall.
  • Keep dogs and other animals inside and away from the door.

Access Communications also has the Pumpkin Patrol, a program to help keep kids safe on Halloween night.  They will be out in the neighborhoods.  You can learn more about them here:  http://www.myaccess.ca/IntheCommunity/CommunityEvents/PumpkinPatrol.aspxwww.myaccess.ca/IntheCommunity/CommunityEvents/PumpkinPatrol.aspx

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!  

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