I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s actually fall in Arkansas. With weather breaking temperatures in our state in September and October, it may not feel like fall but it’s really almost here – I think.
With fall comes a host of fun family activities, full of of hiking, state fairs, hay rides and Halloween.
Safety tips for Halloween trick or treating
Few holidays are as exciting as Halloween for kids. There’s getting dressed in costumes, parties, and most of all, trick or treating. Here are a few safety tips for keeping your children safe from personal injury while trick or treating.
- Flashlights: It’s dark outside when going from house to house, so make sure your kids have a flashlight. It can light the way for your children on the road and the sidewalks and prevent falls or bumping into things. Very importantly, it can alert drivers that there are children on the road.
- Reflective tape: Be sure and put reflective tape on your children’s costumes, especially if they are hard to see at night. You want to make your kids as visible as possible.
- Masks: Don’t let your children wear their masks until they reach the door for trick or treating. Masks are notorious for impairing vision. They need to see where they are walking and they need to be able to see any approaching cars.
- Trim costumes: Be sure to trim your child’s costume if it is dragging on the ground. You don’t want a painful trip and fall to occur.
- No trick or treating alone: There is normally safety in numbers, so kids trick or treating together is a good idea. A better idea is to have a parent accompany them.
- Stranger danger: Make sure your kids know not to ever go into a stranger’s house, no matter what. Kids are naïve and trusting, so be sure you remind them of stranger danger, without scaring them.
- Safe candy: Be sure and inspect the candy your child collects to ensure that it is safe to eat. You don’t want to keep anything that looks partially opened, or anything that could pose a choking hazard for younger children.
- Lit candles: A lot of Halloween decorations include lit candles. Unfortunately, many Halloween costumes can be flammable. As a homeowner and as a parent, be sure to keep lit candles away from where children will be walking.
- Pet safety: Even the gentlest pet can become aggressive when frightened. With all the commotion and weird-looking, unfamiliar faces, a pet can react. Keep your pets indoors during trick or treating.
Halloween is a time for fun, excitement and making wonderful memories. Make sure your children are safe so they can remember the holiday with joy.
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