Doing all we can to make it a safe one
It’s hard to believe that Halloween is already here tomorrow.
On that note, Halloween should be an exciting and fun time for everyone, not scary and dangerous. A lot of that has to do with the safety measures put in place before the little ones are allowed out trick-or-treating.
They are several common sense measures that need to be implemented to ensure a safe and accident free evening. They include:
*Making sure the costume material is both flame retardant, and warm and sturdy enough to take lots of activity.
*Leaving the child’s face unobstructed. If a trick-or-treater wears a hat, be sure it fits well and doesn’t block vision. Safe “goblins” wear make-up on their faces, rather than masks or helmets that are hard to see, hear or breathe through.
*Striping the costume with highly reflective tape front and back to make the trick-or-treater easier to see in the dark. Don’t let children wear a dark costume or camouflage.
*Requiring children to wear flat shoes that fit well, without heels. Avoid over-sized shoes such as clown costume shoes.
*Trick-or-treating in well-lighted areas, making sure each child has a flashlight to assist with walking from house to house.*Staying on the sidewalks where available and walk facing the traffic. Cross streets only at intersections. Don’t jump ditches and always stay alert.
*Approaching only those homes with porch lights or other front lights on.
*Not allowing children to eat any treats until the group has returned home and an adult has examined the contents of each bag.
*No eating anything that is even slightly suspicious. For example, look for commercially wrapped candy that may have been unwrapped and then re-wrapped.
*And last but not least, but most importantly, always making sure a child is accompanied by an adult.
Employing all these practices will add up to a safe and happy Halloween for everyone as all the little ghosts and goblins lay claim to one of their favorite nights of the year.