Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips:
ALL DRESSED UP:
~Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
~Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
~Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
~When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
~If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by theses accessories if he stumbles or trips.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
**A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Obtain Flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
**If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
**Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
~~Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
~~Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
~~Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
~~Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
~~If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
~~Never cut across yards or use alleys.
~~Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by the local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
~~Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
~~Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)