Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, but it can also pose potential dangers. The following tips can ensure that Halloween is both safe and fun:
- Accompany your child while trick-or-treating until he or she is old enough to go with a friend; this is usually around the age of 12 but is also dependent on maturity.
- When carving pumpkins, let your child draw a face on his or her pumpkin, and then have an adult carve it. Keep candles, matches and lighters away from areas accessible to children.
- Choose flame-resistant costumes and accessories, and make sure they are brightly coloured or adorned with reflective tape to increase visibility. Avoid ill-fitting masks that can interfere with your child’s vision or breathing.
o If trick-or-treating at nighttime, make sure your child carries a flashlight.
o Teach your child to only cross the street at crosswalks, and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
o Remind your child of “stranger danger” and to never go inside homes and cars.
o Tell your child to refrain from eating any treats until you look them over.
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