Halloween is supposed to be scary but it doesn’t have to be dangerous. Follow these tips to ensure your safety and the safety of your kids this Halloween.
– Trick-or-Treat with neighbors you know. Place candy given to you by people you know in one bag, and candy from strangers in another.
– Check all candy to make sure the packaging hasn’t been tampered with. Avoid eating homemade treats by strangers.
– Don’t allow children under 12 to trick-or-treat without an adult.
– Carry a glow-stick or flashlight. Also fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags. It is important for motorists and other people to be able to see you.
– Reiterate to your kids the rules about strangers – don’t talk to strangers on the street, don’t go into anyone’s home to get candy or to use the restroom, and stay together.
– Always walk, don’t run from house-to-house. It is easy to trip and fall in the dark.
– Be careful of candles and luminaries. You could accidentally catch fire if you bump or fall into them.
– Don’t wear decorative contact lenses, they can cause serious eye injuries.
– Bring along a dog. Criminals are less likely to target people that have a dog with them. But keep your dog securely on a leash to protect other people.
– Be mindful of your location. It is easy to get caught up in trick-or-treating and end up miles from home. Pre-plan your route, and bring a cell phone along.
– Wear masks that don’t obstruct your vision.
– Know what doors not to knock on. This may seem a bit paranoid, but many communities are home to sexual offenders. Visit US Department of Justice’s website to locate registered offenders are in your neighborhood.