If your anything like the members of the Signature Sold Team, we are all looking forward to a great time trick or treating. With lots of kids within our team, we have to be careful we are not endangering them while doing it. You should know that falls are a leading cause of injuries among children. Because so many of them are out walking, about four times as many children ages 5 to 14 are killed in motor-vehicle-related accidents on Halloween night compared with other nights of the year. Children need to learn that they must slow down, take per cautions of other vehicles and to always have an adult with them. Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents and children follow these tips;
Making your own costume? Keep in mind you should....
- Buy costumes or wigs that are fire resistant.
- Have reflective tape on the fronts and backs of your child's costumes so they can be seen at night.
- Make sure children’s costumes fit loosely enough to allow for freedom of movement while also ensuring they are dressed warmly in cooler temperatures.
- Ensure their pants are not too long, it will avoid them tripping.
- If a child's costume includes swards or any potential "sharp" object, make it out of cardboard or plastic. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
- Avoid using masks as they obstruct a child’s vision. Use face paint instead. Or, if a child really wants to wear a mask, make sure it has nose and mouth openings and large eye holes. Test their ability to walk and see before going out.
Children trick-or-treating should:
- Travel only in familiar areas and along a familiar route.
- Walk, not run, from house to house. Children have a habit of getting excited and running off.
- Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid walking on everyone's grass.
- Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
- Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if they’re under age 12.
- Know their phone number and carry coins for emergency telephone calls. (Or carry a cell phone, if possible).
- Bring candy home before eating it so parents can inspect it. There are many times we have seen unopened packaging, which should be immediately thrown out.
- Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
- Cross streets at the corner and use crosswalks. They shouldn’t cross between parked cars.
- Stop at all corners and stay together in a group while waiting to cross.
- Be reminded to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
Parents and adults at home should:
- Give kids a big meal before heading out to trick-or-treat so they’re not tempted to eat candy before they get home. Typically kids will try and eat the entire bag of goodies if you let them.
- Establish a return time for older children, or they may end up staying out later than they should.
- Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o’-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
- Avoid giving out choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as treats to young children.
- Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it. Watch for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or lose packages.
- Drive slowly.
- Watch for children in the street and on medians.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
- Look for children in dark clothing once the sun goes down.
- Have fun
- Be courteous to other children
- Collect lots of candy
- and remember to BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
Sources: National Safety Council, American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.