Keeping Trick-or-Treaters Safe
Halloween is fast approaching and our neighborhoods are well-known for families enjoying time trick-or-treating with their children. The deep sense of community and friendliness is something that can be hard to come by these days! If you are planning on taking a child trick-or-treating or handing out goodies from your front porch, take a look at this post to find helpful tips on keeping children safe and entertained.
- When opening your front yard/porch for neighborhood children, remove anything that they may trip over such as garden hoses or lawn decorations. Excited children tend to run fast for candy, so take away any hazards that could get in the way!
- If Jack-o-lanterns have candles inside to light them up, keep them stored in a spot where a child’s costume wouldn’t catch it and cause a fire hazard. LED lights are a great alternative to candles.
- Make sure outdoor lights are functioning properly. Be sure to keep them on if your home is open to trick-or-treaters. If you will not be home, keep the lights off.
- Ensure that furry family members are kept inside the home or restrained to prevent potential dangers to children.
- When taking children through the neighborhood to trick-or-treat, supply them with flashlights or use the light from your phone to guide their way through dark spots. Some parents use glow sticks or glow jewelry as well to ensure that the children are seen by any cars passing through. Another idea is decorating bags or costumes with reflective tape that can be easily seen.
- Be sure that children are using the sidewalks of the neighborhood and not roaming through the road. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween.
- Be sure to check all of your child’s candy and remove any opened or suspicious-looking items.
These are just a few things to consider to help keep children safe this Halloween. We hope you and your family enjoy the holiday and stay safe no matter what you decide to do!