Halloween is just a few days away and it’s becoming one of the most popular holidays; little super heroes, cartoon and television characters will soon be out in their neighborhoods for trick or treat.
Make Halloween safety part of your holiday fun. Start with these practical Halloween safety tips.
1) Choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials. If your child will be outdoors after dark, attach reflective tape to his or her costume or treat bag.
2) Use face makeup instead of masks which make seeing difficult.
3) Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don't run from house to house
4) Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
5) Accompany trick-or-treaters younger than age 12. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside your child's pocket in case you get separated. Encourage older kids to trick or treat with friends, parents or older siblings.
If you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:
1. Light the area well so young visitors can see.
2. Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
3. Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.
If you’re driving, watch for children crossing the street. Be especially careful entering or leaving driveways and alleys. Extra caution can help ensure Halloween safety for everyone.