Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. Here are some things you can do to help make this Halloween safe for everyone:
• Adults should use extreme caution when driving. Pedestrian traffic will be higher than normal Halloween. • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. • Masks can block eyesight; consider non-toxic makeup or hats as a safer alternative. • Obtain flashlights for all trick-or-treaters. • Small children should never carve pumpkins. They can draw a face and let the adult do the cutting. • A parent or adult should always accompany young children. • If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. • Make sure children (adults, too) go to only well-lit houses and never enter a home or car for a treat. • Carry a mobile phone for quick communication. • Though tampering is rare, an adult should closely examine all treats for unwrapped or suspicious items. • When in doubt, throw it out.
Halloween is an exciting time, but also a time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards.