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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Halloween
The time has come for trick-or-treaters to descend on your neighborhood. Though we love to embrace all things scary come Halloween, it doesn’t mean trick-or-treating should be dangerous. To focus on the fun instead of scary, parents should plan ahead. Like anything else, as long as parents and kids stay smart, the evening will go along swimmingly. Here are some tips to keep in mind when out and about.
Hitting the Streets
It’s always important for trick-or-treaters to never be alone. Children, especially the very young, require supervision no matter how close to their own neighborhood they are. Enlist the help of friends, neighbors or adult siblings to make sure proper supervision is present. This also allows for great bonding time on a fun evening.
When out near streets in the evening, being visible at all times is critical. Avoid neighborhoods with few streetlights and always make sure your child’s costume isn’t too dark. Carrying a flashlight while using pieces of reflective tape on costumes and treat bags is suggested.
No matter what you dress as, make sure to keep safety in mind. Costume accessories like swords or fake knives should be small, flexible and without sharp edges. This is especially important for young children who tend to run around.
Avoid toy guns if possible. Though fake, toy guns can be easily mistaken as a threat when it’s dark. If needed to complete a costume, consider a brightly-colored or painted variant that shows it’s fake. Lastly, make sure any masks fit well. A good-fitting mask should allow normal breathing without hindering vision.
Be sure to inspect all candy before eating it. When arriving home, empty your children’s bags to make sure they’re free of dangerous foreign objects. Never eat candy that has been removed from its original wrapper or been opened in any way. On that same note, never accept homemade treats from strangers not trusted by adults.
We Can Help You Plan
At Shepard Walton King, we understand that protecting your family is the most important thing. No matter the occasion, we work to keep you and your family covered for the unexpected. With us, you can trick-or-treat knowing you’re well-covered. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help, drop us a note or give us a call at 800.446.2471.