As we prepare our kiddos for a fun day or evening of trick-or-treating, let’s also help make it safe for them. The American Red Cross offers us some common sense safety tips worth repeating:
– Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
– Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
– Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
– Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
– Plan your route and share it with your family if you go only with friends. If possible, have an adult go with you.
– Carry a flashlight to light your way.
– Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
– Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
– Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger’s house.
– Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes.
– Be cautious of animals and strangers.
– Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
Read more safety tips at the National Safety Council (NSC.org).