Halloween safety is an ongoing concern for parents as well as communities. Each year when Halloween comes around, many children are injured in accidents that could have been prevented if parents took the time to make their kids follow a few simple safety rules.
Halloween Safety Tip #1: Trick or treat in groups
Make sure you do not allow your young children to go trick or treating alone on Halloween night. Always make sure your children travel in groups; there is safety in numbers. Parents should always accompany the youngest children and never allow them to go trick or treating with other children only.
Halloween Safety Tip #2: Check mask visibility
Though mask design has improved over the past several years, parents should still check any mask that their children plan on wearing while trick or treating. Make sure the eye holes are cut big enough to allow their vision to be unimpeded by the mask. Many masks severely limit the users visibility; some to the point where the user can only see what is directly in front of them.
Halloween Safety Tip #3: Reflective Clothing
When you or your children are out trick or treating, make sure that everyone in their trick or treating party is wearing some sort of reflective clothing. If their costume does not have built in reflectivity, you can always purchase reflective tape from any department store. Just cut it into strips and apply it to several different areas of the costume.
Halloween Safety tip #4: Use flashlights
Always send out the trick or treating party with several flashlights. Oncoming cars will be able to spot the group earlier, thus decreasing the probability of an injury involving automobiles. The group will also be less likely to have a trip and fall injury if they can see where they are going.
Halloween Safety Tip #5: Check Candy
Make sure to tell your children how important it is for you to check their candy before they eat it. Ask them not to eat any while trick or treating. A good way to prevent them from munching is to give them their favorite goodies before they go out trick or treating.