Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Safety: Trick-or-Treating Tips!

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We at Travel-Tot know that Halloween is traditionally a time for costumes, parties, parades, and treats; however, safety is never far from our minds! Sadly, CDC data shows that almost four times as many children (age 5-14) are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared to other evenings of the year.  In addition, numerous children are injured every Halloween; particularly by slips and falls. The good news is that most Halloween-related injuries are preventable if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treating and remember a few basic tips. 

Children should be instructed to:

  • Go only to well-lit houses.
  • Never enter houses.
  • Travel in small groups, with an adult.
  • Carry a cell phone and know how to reach a parent and call 911.
  • Have their name & phone number printed on their costume (or use a SafetyTat).
  • Bring treats home prior to eating so they can be inspected for tainting/spoilage.
  • Wear reflective, flame-retardant clothing.
  • Use face paint instead of masks.
  • Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
  • Avoid long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes.
  • Avoid carrying sharp or rigid costume knives or swords.
  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (when available), and avoid crossing between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
 Parents should:
  • Supervise outings for kids under 12.
  • Prepare for trick-or-treaters: clear lawns and sidewalks, place jack-o-lanterns away from doorways.
  • Avoid giving choking hazards (i.e. nuts, gum, or small toys) as treats to young children.
  • Inspect all candy for safety before it is eaten.
  • Ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters.
  • Make sure children under 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Watch for children in the street and on medians and sidewalks.
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
  • Have children exit cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side. 
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
-Destination Mom

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