Halloween is approaching and although it may look a little different, many will still be out and about this coming holiday. It is important to teach children how to be safe and aware and to set guidelines and expectations for behavior. Here are our top tips for having a fun and safe Halloween!
- Cross the street at corners using traffic lights, crosswalks and looking both ways.
- Put away your electronic devices so you can keep your head up and your eyes peeled.
- Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road.
- Always walk on sidewalks or designated pathways.
- Be extra aware of cars that are turning or backing up and consider their blind spots.
- Join kids under the age of 12 for trick-or-treating.
- Discourage children from eating treats and candy while walking to avoid choking hazards.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and bags.
- Wear glow-in-the dark or light up items.
- Choose face paint over masks when possible as to not obstruct a child’s vision.
- Be sure that costume makeup is non-toxic and test it on a small piece of skin before applying to large areas.
- Remove all makeup from the skin before children go to bed to keep from causing skin or eye irritation.
- Do not use costume lenses without a proper eye exam and a prescription.
- When picking a costume, be sure to find the right size to avoid tripping hazards.
- Make sure children’s shoes fit well to avoid falls.
- Avoid sharp swords, canes and sticks as accessories to avoid injury if a child falls while in costume.
- Make sure that all costumes, wigs and accessories are fire resistant.
- Avoid complicated costumes for young children to avoid accidents.
- Always have a plan B for young children in the event of accidents.
- Slow down and stay on alert in residential areas as children may move in unexpected directions due to their excitement.
- Make an effort to look twice for children when approaching intersections and on meridians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways with extra caution.
- Put away any distractions and focus on the road.
- Turn your headlights on early to help see children and to help children see you.
- Try to avoid driving during popular trick-or-treating hours if possible.
- After twilight, watch extra carefully for children in dark clothing.
Going it Alone
- If older children are going out alone, review an acceptable route beforehand.
- Agree on a specific time that everyone should meet up or return home.
- Teach children not to go into the cars or homes of strangers.
- Be sure children know to stay in well-traveled and well-lit areas.
- Let children know not to eat any treats until they have come home.
- Teach children to only go to houses with a porch light on.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1.
- If you have children of driving age, review safe driving tips with them before they head out for the night.
- Don’t allow young children to carve pumpkins. Instead, let children draw their design on the pumpkin for an adult to carve.
- Teach older children to carve pumpkins with the blade moving away from themselves.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle inside jack-o-lanterns.
- Never leave candles unattended (including those inside a pumpkin).
- Remove tripping hazards from your porch or front door to keep visiting trick-or-treaters safe.
- Check your outdoor lights and replace any bulbs that have burned out.
- Restrain pets to avoid them jumping on or biting visitors and from getting out.
- Teach children not to pet other animals without asking first.
- Feed your children a good meal before attending parties or going out to trick-or-treat to avoid them eating far too much candy.
- Consider handing out non-edible goodies for trick-or-treaters in support of food-allergic children and the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Ration treats for the weeks following Halloween and set realistic guidelines for how much your children should have.
Wishing you and your family safety and wellness always!
Your Stromsoe Insurance Agency
Total Protection Team