Halloween is a great time for children and parents alike. But, it is important to be safe. Before shopping for that last minute costume this weekend, take a look at these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Pick costumes that are bright and reflective
- Masks should not impede or block eye sight
- Make sure wigs are flame resistant
- When it comes to the pumpkins, have your children draw the faces and then you can do the cutting
- Restrain pets so they do not jump or bit a trick-or-treater.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
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