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How to Keep Kids Safe During Halloween

Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids; it’s the one day of the year when you can get dressed up and ask other people for candy. As fun as Halloween is, it’s a good idea for parents to encourage kids to practice safe habits when trick or treating. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this and every Halloween.

  • Inspect your child’s candy bucket, and throw away any candy that is unwrapped, has a broken wrapper, or any loose food such as apples.
  • Make sure you, or another adult you trust is present when your child is trick or treating.
  • Trick or treat in large groups.
  • Look both ways before crossing streets. Take off any masks or accessories that may block vision.
  • Bring a flashlight, or wear reflective clothing when trick or treating at nighttime.
  • Trick or treat in neighborhoods you are familiar with.
  • Don’t go inside anyone’s house, even if you are invited in.
  • If the weather is cold, wear layers under your costume to avoid getting sick.
  • Avoid giving out candies with peanuts in them to keep in mind those with allergies.

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Drivers should also practice safe habits while on the roads on Halloween. Here are some tips to keep drivers and trick or treaters safe.

  • Always keep in mind the speed limit. Drive under the speed limit in neighborhoods with a lot of trick or treaters.
  • Keep an eye out for kids that are wearing dark costumes at night.
  • Take a longer time to stop at intersections, and be sure that everyone has crossed the street before you continue to drive.
  • Turn your lights on when the sun is starting to set.
  • Keep your focus while driving and avoid getting distracted.
  • Always have a designated driver when going to parties.
  • Keep in mind vehicles that are dropping kids off, and avoid or take caution when passing other cars.

 

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