With Halloween just a few short days away it seemed like the perfect time to offer a few safety tips so that everyone can have a safe and happy day. These tips are from the Mayo Clinic’s website.
- Wearing bright colors is always your best bet since they are more easily seen. If your children will be out at night you may want to add strips of reflective tape to their costume.
- Size Matters. Ill fitting costumes especially ones that are too long can lead to falls. Make sure that you and your child’s costume fits appropriately, even with warm clothing beneath it. Also avoid wearing heels or over-sized shoes.
- Go with makeup instead of masks since masks can obstruct your vision.
- Trick-or-treating in groups is always the safest way to go. For younger children you may want to pin a piece of paper with their name and a phone number on it so they have an emergency contact number in case they get separated from their group. Also stick to familiar neighborhoods.
- Establish ground rules for older kids who are trick-or-treating without adult supervision such as: setting a curfew, staying with their group, staying on sidewalks, only approach well lit houses, and never enter a house. You may also want to arrange periodic call in times.
- Don’t eat your goodies while you’re trick-or-treating. Discard anything that looks questionable or isn’t sealed.
- Make sure your home is trick-or-treater friendly: Ensure good visibility on on walkways and at your front door, keep your pets under control for the children’s safety as well as the animal’s, clear walkways and sidewalks of things people could trip over like toys, lawn decorations, hoses, or wet leaves.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!