Halloween is perhaps the most exciting time of the year for kids of all ages. Although Halloween celebrates spooky things, this doesn’t mean we should throw caution in the air because every child’s safety and security deserves special attention. To keep Halloween fun and safe for children, here are important safety tips you need to observe:
All Dressed Up, Children’s Safety Tips for Parents
- Give your children a phone and teach them how to call 911 in case an emergency strikes.
- Train your child to say a big flat “NO” if a stranger tries to get them into accepting something they do not want. This applies to treats and unwelcome advances.
- Encourage older children to be accompanied by their siblings or friends when they are going out and about.
- Use light or illuminating colors to decorate costumes and bags to be worn by children. Reflective stickers and tapes can also be used for this purpose.
- Kids should not put on vision enhancing colored contact glasses, if they are not approved by an eye care clinician.
- When buying Halloween costumes, masks and other accessories for your child, make sure they are non-toxic and fire resistant.
- The costumes you choose for your child, must be of the right size to prevent accidental falls and tripping.
- Halloween make-up on children should be removed before the kid’s go to sleep to prevent them from contracting eye and skin irritation.
- Instruct your children to avoid cutting through back alleyways and wary grounds, especially when they are out unaccompanied.
- Institute a curfew and make sure it is strictly followed. To enforce this rule, hand your children a watch and have someone responsible go with them.
- Tell your kids not to eat any treats given to them until they get home to have the treats inspected.
- Small children should be encouraged to paint faces on pumpkins using markers instead of carving out shapes. At the same time, candle lit pumpkins should be placed in a safe location away from flammable objects.
- Pets should be restrained to guard against jumping or biting as this could place the safety of children at risk.