Halloween Safety Tips

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Posted on 26th October 2010 by Rita in NCL News & Events

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Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

Halloween is so much fun! The excitement of dressing up in a costume is something that even some of us adults understand is a great way to spice up your day from all the rest in the year. But unfortunately Halloween is the one night out of the year that sees child pedestrian death rates double. (http://www.safekids.org/our-work/news-press-releases/halloween.html)

Parents – remember your part.

  • Young and older children need proper safety instructions before their big night of Trick-or-Treating.
  • Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult when crossing the street.
  • Older kids should go in a group – have a pre-planned route with good lighting, mapped out. Parents should know the route, make sure everyone in the group is safely dressed and go over the safety expectations of the group. Advise them they are responsible for each others safety.
  • Trim costumes, bags and hate with reflective tape and/or glow sticks/necklaces.
  • Provide flashlights for every trick-or-treater to carry
  • Do not obstruct vision – tie hat and scarfs securely. Use cosmetics instead of masks.
  • Costumes, wigs, beards etc. should be flame retardant.
  • Make sure costumes and shoes are well fitted to prevent falling.

Go over these rules with your children

  • Do not eat treats until an adult examines them
  • Do not enter homes unless accompanied with by an adult
  • walk in well Lit areas and on sidewalks
  • Cross the street at intersections – never in middle or between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with the driver of a car before crossing the street
  • Carry flashlights

Other Ideas for you…

Have a party at your home for the kids. This will keep them safe and in one place for you to keep on eye on them easily. Here are a couple of websites to help with the planning:

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Go to a local event. Many Schools and Churches have Harvest Carnivals. Check your local listings for this information.

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