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Jim Beeler
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Take Precautions: Keep Your Kids Safe This Fall

For many children, the fall season is a time to dress up in a favorite costume, go to classroom parties and trick-or-treat at neighbors’ houses.  These happy thoughts of jack-o-lanterns, costumes and candy may cause parents and kids alike to forget the potential dangers of trick-or-treating.  Make sure you have a fun and safe time this year by following these tips:

Costume
 

  • Make sure the material flame retardant.
  • Add reflective tape so motorists and others can better see your child.
  • Make sure the costume is not too long so that your child doesn't trip and fall.
  • Consider using face paint instead of a mask, so you child's vision won't be restricted.
  • Make sure any props, such as a plastic sword, are smooth and flexible to prevent injury.

Route
 

  • Plan routes ahead of time.
  • Remind children to stay on sidewalks and cross at corners or crosswalks.
  • Only go to houses where the lights are on.
  • Carry a flashlight if trick-or-treating after daylight hours.
  • Never let small children trick-or-treat alone.
  • Set a time for older children to return home and send a cell phone with them in case of emergency.

Candy
 

  • Provide kids with a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating. They will be less tempted to sample the candy en-route.
  • Check all candy. Dispose of any candy with an open wrapper or other suspicious appearance.

In addition to the above suggestions, I encourage you to teach your children basic safety
knowledge.  Common sense tells adults to look both ways before crossing the street, but eager kids  may forget this basic safety rule.  Also, it's good to remind children that although trick-or-treating is fun, they still need to remember their manners and always say “thank you” when accepting candy.