Halloween Safety

Keep the focus on fun this Halloween, but don’t forget to incorporate a few important safety guidelines.

1. Never trick or treat alone. Make sure your older children go with friends, and your younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult.

2. Plan a safe route, so you know where your kids will be at all times. Set a curfew, and supply them with a cell phone.

3. Never let young children approach a door alone.

4. Teach your children to only enter homes that are well lit from both the inside and outside.

5. Teach your children to NEVER approach a car or other vehicle.

6. Make sure your children wear reflecting clothing and carry a flashlight or glow stick when traveling during the evening hours.

7. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly when using facial masks.

8. Teach your children to always stay in well-lit areas, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.

9. Teach your children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents, and to report anything unusual to you.

10. Teach your children that if anyone tries to grab them, to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father/mother.” Instruct them to make every effort to escape by walking, running, pulling away, yelling, kicking, etc.

11. Instruct your children not to eat candy until you have inspected it first.

12. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

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