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Five Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Five Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

It’s that time of year when our bellies fill with candy, creepy costumes are adorned, and haunted houses are the norm. However, with all the ghoulish giddiness of the holiday, it’s easy to forget the importance of keeping everybody safe. Be sure to follow these pointers when it comes to trick-or-treating:

  1. Go in Groups. Kids should not trick or treat alone. Walk in groups and always have a trusted adult tag along to supervise (depending on the age, of course).
  2. Glow With a Light. It’s a good idea to have at least one, if not more, flashlights, glow wear/sticks to help kids see when hitting up the neighbors.
  3. Go Slow on the Sidewalk. To prevent an accident, encourage kids to walk, not run—on sidewalks—and look both ways. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, “If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic on the left side of the street.”
  4. Go Local. Trick or treat in a neighborhood that you, and your kids know. Trick or treaters should never stop at dark houses (plus, they are spooky), and only stop by homes that are well lit. Never allow the child to enter the home, unless accompanied by a parent, and you personally know the homeowner. It goes without saying to not accept a ride, and talk to strangers. The Sheriff’s Department also warns, “Stay away from unknown pets or animals.”
  5. Get a Look Before Gobbling. Before hitting the neighborhood, have a fireside chat with your child, and help them understand that eating candy without an adult checking it first can be dangerous. To help curb the urge to snack on candy, give your child a filling snack (protein is a good choice). When you get home, take a look at all of the treats for signs of tampering that include pin holes, rips, cuts, loose wrapping and re-wrapped candy. Remove any candy that could be a chocking hazard for smaller children. Avoid giving children any homemade treats that have been made by strangers.

Happy and Safe Trick or Treating!

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

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