Safe in 60: How To Ensure A Safe And Fun-filled Halloween
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — As your little trick-or-treaters head out to gather candy this week – there are some things to remember.
Before you send your ghosts, witches and monsters on their way, make sure to sit down with them and remind them of the steps they need to take to stay safe.
That starts with their costumes. Choose bright colored costumes, or if the fabric is dark, add reflective tape to increase visibility or have the children carry a light or glow stick.
Other things to consider:
- Use make-up rather than a mask, or cut the eye holes larger to help the child see better. Masks reduce peripheral vision and can be a safety hazard for the child wearing them.
- Put your child’s name, address, and phone number on the inside of their costume in case of an accident, or if your child gets lost.
As you head out to trick-or-treat, take time to plan a route. It’s best to go around a familiar neighborhood. Accompany your child, or have a big sister or brother tag along.
- Always cross streets at intersections.
- Walk on sidewalks.
- Never take shortcuts, alleys, back yards, or fields.
- Teach your children not to enter cars or homes.
Don’t let your children eat any candy until you inspect it. Check for loose or tampered packaging, and discard any open candy. If your child receives any fruit, first wash and cut it into small pieces to inspect. And unless you are certain of the source, avoid any homemade treats.
To ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters at your door, turn on exterior lights and keep those walkways clear of any obstructions. And never allow anyone inside your home you don’t know.
If you don’t feel comfortable sending your kids out to do the traditional trick-or-treating, there are many more options. You can attend a public activity like a trunk-or-treat, host a family function or organize a neighborhood block party.
Let’s all work together to make this Halloween a fun-filled, injury-free night. Drivers, slow down and watch for the excited trick-or-treaters.
And parents – I would suggest not letting your kids eat all their candy on Halloween night, or you may be creating a real monster!
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