Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trick-or-Treating Safety

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Monsters, ghosts, and witches aren't the only things to be afraid of this Halloween. Accidents and injuries increase dramatically when kids go trick-or-treating. 
Here are ten tips to make sure your child is safe this Halloween season. 

1) Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.
2) There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group.
3) Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it.
4) Take the long way 'round. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.
5) Try tick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. And, you might also suggest the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch.
6) Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch.
7) Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
8) Don't cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear make-up so they can see better.
9) Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.
10) Say "no" to strangers.Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.

Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy! 

*Halloween Tips found here

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