Tips for a Safe Trick or Treat

Posted Oct 31, 2016 | Posted in Health & Wellness, News & Events

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Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated holidays that both parents and children look forward to celebrating each year. Trick or treating is a Halloween tradition that takes careful planning, from selecting the perfect costume to gathering up enough treats for visitors.

While this event is fun and brings communities together, it is important to still keep safety a number one priority. Here are some basic trick or treating tips to help you and your family have a spooky- and safe– Halloween.

Costumes
When selecting a costume keep these few things in mind:

  • Decorate costumes with reflective tape or stickers, if possible choose light colors. This will allow you to be better seen by drivers.
  • Use face paint or make up instead of masks. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Make sure costumes fit well to avoid trips and falls.

Traffic
When out walking around from house to house it’s important to remember:

  • Popular hours for trick or treating are from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Turning headlights on earlier in the day will help drivers spot kids at greater distances. Drive slowly in residential areas.
  • Children under 12 should trick or treat with a trusted adult. More mature kids who are allowed to trick or treat without adult supervision should go to areas they are familiar with and trick or treat in groups.
  • WALK to cross the street. Do not run.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Walk on sideways and crosswalks whenever possible.

Candy
Now for the sweet stuff:

  • ALWAYS inspect candy before eating it.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats from strangers.
  • Eliminate all possible choking hazards from candy bag.
  • Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Most importantly…HAVE FUN! We wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

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