Halloween provides your kids with tons of fun like dressing up in festive costumes, eating candy, and running around the neighborhood at night collecting treats. For parents, however, Halloween is a time where precautions need to be taken to keep kids safe. Read on for the best ways to ensure Halloween is both fun and safe.
While the Halloween holiday is filled with fun traditions, it's important to follow a few common sense safety precautions to ensure that everyone in your family or at your celebration has a fun and safe time.
Candy manufacturers follow stringent quality control procedures, including laboratory testing of raw ingredients, to assure their products are safe and wholesome year round. During the Halloween season, the candy
industry works closely with law enforcement officers nationwide to ensure that candy products are safe. This includes a 24-hour police hotline to report any alleged tampering incidents - a system that has been in place
for several years. Many areas also have additional safety services available. Check with your local law enforcement agency for regional information and resources on trick-or-treating hours, candy checking services, etc.
Helpful Safety Tips
According to the National Safety Council, the biggest safety concern for Halloween is the risk of injury. The Council offers these guidelines to help ensure a safe Halloween:
- Review appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions with your kids - including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
- Dress in light-colored or reflective costumes and carry a lightweight flashlight.
- Stay on the sidewalks or curbside unless crossing the street; look both ways for vehicles.
- The family should know the children's trick-or-treat route and kids should stick to it.
- Young children should trick-or-treat with an adult; older children should trick-or-treat with friends or in a group.
- Go only to houses that are familiar and never enter homes.
- Drivers should pay special attention to speed limits and be alert to children who may be difficult to see at night.
• Parents should inspect all treats their children bring home before any are consumed. Any treats in loose or open wrappers should be discarded.
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