With Halloween right around the corner, it’s always good to review safety tips for your children and friends. These 9 tips we discovered will help make sure your loved ones return safely home after a long night of trick-or-treating. Halloween is an already scary night, and it can be even more scary if children aren’t being safe! 😦

1. Make sure all children are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Statistics show that a small number of children go missing each Halloween. It’s important to protect our youth and never allow this to happen.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the best way to ensure that your child will not disappear is to walk with them while they are walking from door to door to get candy.

2. Make sure your children know your emergency contact information.

According to law enforcement, the best thing to teach children to protect them is their full name, address, and both parents’ phone numbers.

If you want to take even more precautions, it’s a good idea to place their information in their costume somewhere. You could write it on the inside or staple it somewhere in their costume. This could be helpful to get them back home if they’re lost in a cornfield and someone finds them! 😉

3. Remember the porch lights’ rule of thumb.

Always stay in familiar and well-lit areas. If places don’t have their lights on, they probably aren’t handing out goodies. This will help keep children safe and prevent them from getting hurt in places they can’t see.

If your children are dare devils and they do decide to go into unfamiliar areas, make sure they carry flashlights, reflectors, and glow sticks.

4. Drive slow and alert.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 5.5 pedestrian deaths have occurred on Halloween in every major metropolitan area since 1990. 😦

Remember that pedestrians ALWAYS have the right away. Police will set up extra DUI task forces in your area during Halloween, so drive carefully! 🙂

5. Make sure costumes are light, fire-resistant and reflect light.

Even in very lit areas it’s still hard to see people in the dark. It’s especially hard to see them if you’re texting or not watching the road. Make sure that trick-or-treaters carry light objects, but not candles. In fact, it only takes three seconds for a Halloween costume to go up into flames. Drivers, remember to watch the road on Halloween night, because more pedestrians are out. Also, don’t ever text and drive, especially on Halloween night.

6. Check all candy.

It’s important to check all of the candy your child receives while walking from door to door before they devour it. In 2000, the first modern tampered candy case happened. A child was pricked by a candy bar needle. ~SPOOOOOKY~ Law enforcement said if the candy bar looks tampered with it, it probably is. It’s best to just throw it away instead.

7. Use the buddy system.

By using the buddy system, children and teens are less likely to be abducted, harmed, or get into trouble. According to law enforcement, they are more safe in groups of five or more.

Find out which of your neighbor friends wants to dress up with you, or you could call your cousins or other family that live near you that you could go snag candy with as well.

8. Don’t leave parties with people you don’t know.

After a certain age people think it’s “uncool” to trick or treat. (It’s ALWAYS very cool to trick-or-treat. Free candy? Count me in!) If you or someone you know is skipping the candy for a party instead this year, it’s important to stay safe there as well.

It’s never a good idea to leave a party with someone you don’t know late at night, especially if you’ve been drinking.

According to law enforcement, people are 25 times more likely to get hurt on Halloween if they leave with unfamiliar people. (Wow, they have a lot of great facts!)

9. Check in periodically.

As parents, you’re always worried when your children are out and about. It’s a good idea to set times for your teens to check in with you. Encourage them to text you, especially when they’re leaving somewhere to go to another location.

~Happy Halloween~

-Lauren L.

 

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