Halloween Safety Tips
Friday, October 26, 2012
- Take advantage of local businesses and downtown activities for Trick or Treating.
- If your children are going to neighborhoods for trick or treating, plan a safe route so you know where they will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure your child if old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
- Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, that they should never go into a house they don't know, get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger. Also, tell them what to do should this happen; To scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to somewhere safe.
- Be sure your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Tell them not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated, well lighted areas with lots of people around.
- Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
- Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
- Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a good idea and what to do if someone approaches then and tries to talk to them.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costumes to make them more visible to cars.
- Let them know they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
- Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
- Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions. If they are going to be at a friend's home, get the phone number and make sure that you've met the parents.