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Halloween Safety!

With just a couple days until the Halloween holiday, I thought it was a great time for a quick list of safety tips to just act as a reminder. I know, we all know how to keep our kids safe and sound, but it’s good to just be refreshed once in a while! Here’s a quick should do be for the big evening of door-to-door (if you trick-or-treat).

  • Be sure to have a big healthy meal before heading out to your festivities. This keeps everyone’s tummies full and will cut down on incessant candy chomping (especially candy that’s not checked).
  • Make sure costumes are seeable and safe to wear. Many masks have been updated so that they’re easy to see out of, but not all. If your little one’s costume is topped off with a mask, be sure that they can see. If not, have them wear it on top of their heads or cut bigger eye holes. Also, if the costume is dark and not easily seen, add some reflective tape to the both the front and back. This will make it easier for them to be seen by drivers.
  • Be sure to bring glow sticks or flash lights (with brand new batteries). This will also help make sure you’re seen, as well as keep everyone able to see. You don’t want any falls or accidents as the light starts to fade.
  • If you're handing out candy, be sure to clear your porch of any excess decorations or clutter for the night. You want to make sure that your little visitors are safe as they come to visit you.
  • Try to use battery operated candles for your jack-o-lanterns. This will cut down any risk of fire, especially with trick-or-treaters coming and going from your porch.
  • Check all of the candy and goodies received throughout the evening. Be sure to check for any open packages or unsealed items. Scary things have happened so you always want to be on the safe side! You'll also want to make sure all treats are food allergy friendly (I know, it’s a “duh!”) as well!
  • If you want all of the fun without all of the candy, look for participating "trade in your candy" programs. Some companies are offering a program for children to trade in candy for toys and trinkets in return. If you're interested, Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County is a good example, with one of their own that they offer through November 10!

Posted on Oct 27 2014 2:11PM
By LIFamilies




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