Staying Safe on Halloween
Thursday, October 29, 2015
We are closing in on that magical night when ghosts, witches and zombies rise up and start knocking on our doors in search of treats. While these scary creatures are just looking for candy and fun, Halloween night can also be a dangerous time if you’re not careful. There are a few things you can do to keep your little monsters safe on this “All Hallows' Eve”.
Get the sizing right
Costumes that are too small and tight can restrict movement, making it difficult to manoeuver and cross the streets in the neighbourhood. On the other hand, costumes that are too big can get underfoot, leading to trips and falls. Prevent accidents with a costume that is sized right for your child.
Put down the mask
Masks can get in the way and limit your child’s vision. Use face paints and makeup instead. Not only will this give you more control over the look and feel of the costume, you can also tailor it to your kids’ faces, ensuring that they will be able to see everything on their candy-covered path.
Keep kids street-smart
Remind trick-or-treaters to stay on the sidewalk, complete one side of the street, and then cross carefully (at a cross-walk or lighted intersection) to do the other side. Children without adults should stay in groups, and not enter anyone’s home unless they know the owner very well.
For kids with food allergies, like peanuts and sugar, Halloween can be an especially scary time. This year, stock up on pencils, note pads or other small toys and join the Teal Pumpkin Project. Paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your front step to let trick-or-treaters and their parents know that you are handing out non-edible treats.
Do a candy check
Whether you do it after you get the kids to bed or you sit down and sort it as a family, inspecting the goods before anyone starts snacking is an important part of keeping your family safe. Look for unwrapped candies, torn packaging or anything that looks out of the ordinary. Don’t let kids eat homemade treats unless you know who made them. It is also a good time to help your children swap their favourite treats, or for mom and dad to get their hands on a few well-deserved rewards.
Light up the night
Children are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident on Halloween night than on any other day of the year. Keep the odds in their favour by making them visible to traffic. Add reflective patches to their costume, give them glow sticks or a flashlight to make them stand out in the dark.
Don’t let the spooky fun turn into a night of terror this year. Do your part to make sure all the little ghosts and goblins make it home safe this Halloween.
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