Everyone loves a spooky Halloween, but no should take any risks when it comes to safety. Statistically, children twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night. Scarier concerns (like abductions) aren’t much of an issue, but broken bones and concussions are more likely (and also pretty dangerous) due to falling in the dark. Here are some tips your family can use to stay safe on Halloween.
- Everyone in your trick-or-treating party (including parents) should be carrying glow sticks or flashlights at all times. This is so other people and oncoming cars can see you, and so that you can find each other if you become separated.
- Children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under 16 should be told to stick to familiar areas that are well lit.
- If possible, costumes should be light colors OR decorated with reflective tape. Instead of masks, choose costumes that can incorporate non-toxic face paint or makeup. (Helpful tip: test any paint or makeup on a small area of your skin a few days before Halloween so you can monitor any allergic reactions).
- Children should wear costumes that fit properly to reduce the chance of falling.
- Costume accessories like swords, spears or knives should be fake, short and flexible.
- NO ONE should trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups of two at the minimum. If you are a single parent, ask any friends or neighbors if they would like to walk in a group.
- People tend to trick-or-treat between 5 and 10 PM. Be alert for kids on the road during these times. If possible, don’t drive through popular areas.
- Monitor how many treats kids are eating as they trick-or-treat so they don’t end up with a sick stomach when they get home.
- Examine all treats for tampering before you let your kids eat them. While instances of people being hurt by candy they collected are very rare, you are still collecting and consuming something that a stranger gave you. Don’t eat anything that was home-wrapped.
- Avoid crossing busy streets whenever possible. Trick-or-treat down one side and then the other, not back and forth. Stay on sidewalks wherever possible.
- NEVER enter a stranger’s home. Only enter the homes of people you know well. NEVER accept a ride from a stranger.
- If your town has a curfew set for children under a certain age, make sure to stick to it so homeowners know to expect you at their door.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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