4 Safety Tips For Parents With Children
Boo! It’s that time of year again; crazy looking jack-o-lanterns; glitter & fake blood; witches and broomsticks and bags and bags of those sugar infested cavity causers! Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without trick-or-treating, and although it’s the highlight for kids it can be a rather worrisome event for parents when safety is concerned. So in light of the ghouls and goblins of trick-or-treating here are 4 safety tips for parents that will help keep their children safe while out on the candy prowl.
1. Make Sure Your Child Carries Or Wears Something That Lights Up. It is vital that there be something on their body that is lit. Flashlights, blinky shoes, flashing necklaces and bracelets, and glow-in-the-dark sticks are very noticeable and even more important!
2. Be Sure All Masks Allow Full Visibility And Are Easy To Breathe Through. Some action figure masks for example have very small slits for the eyes and mouth. Parents should cut out bigger holes for the eyes and mouth if necessary. Never allow your child to wear a mask that impedes their central or side vision or doesn’t have adequate airways.
3. Map Out A Trick-Or-Treating Route In Advance. It is wise to drive out a route during the day to determine if there are any unsafe obstacles. Avoid routes where there are no sidewalks or streetlights or where there are construction sites. And NEVER have your child take a path in neighborhoods where there might be dogs that are not detained properly.
4. Only Trick-Or-Treat At Houses That Are Lit. It is never wise to approach a property that doesn’t have any lights on, not only for precautionary reasons but out of respect. People who don’t wish to participate in the holiday will purposely leave their lights off, especially front door and porch lights. Be smart and respectful trick-or-treaters by passing these houses by.
Reference: About.com Child Care