Witches, vampires and goblins may be lurking in darkened street corners, but the number of preventable accidents that occur each Hallowe’en is the most frightening part of this night.
Heed these 5 safety tips so that you can all
enjoy the tricks and the treats that accompany one of our most-anticipated
- Did you
know that, according to Safe Kids Canada, children under the age of 9 are
not developmentally capable of crossing streets safely on their own? If
your Princess and Spiderman falls in this age group, be sure to send them
out with a trusted adult. Looking left, then right, then left again is
still the way to go. Have your children practice this with you every time
you go out on walks – and get those ears listening for traffic as well.
Make sure your children know to cross at designated crossing zones only,
like at the ends of sidewalks or at painted crosswalks. It’s so tempting
to dart out into the street in the excitement of things; remind your
children that the roads still belong to cars on Hallowe’en night.
- If you’re
trick or treating in any area where there are no sidewalks and you have to
walk on the roads, remember to walk facing
oncoming traffic. This makes you easier to spot by drivers. Using a
flashlight pointed to the front and down will also help.
jack o’ lanterns are spooky and fun, but an obvious fire hazard for those
long capes and trailing costumes on crowded doorsteps. Be sure to purchase
flame-retardant garb for your littles - and it doesn’t hurt to go over
‘stop, drop and roll’ as a precautionary measure.
- Ditch the
mask and grab some face paints instead! You may need a little extra time
(and creativity) to get ready, but masks can be a visual impairment.
Bright colours will make your child more visible so if it’s possible, be
sure to incorporate those into the costume/face paint. If the clothes need
to be dark, add some reflector tape at various points around the back and
sides of the costume.
- Set rules
around candy consumption: it’s never a good idea to eat while you’re out
trick or treating. For one thing, it’s difficult to inspect the candy
properly in the dark (you want to make sure the package is not punctured
or previously opened – and you definitely don’t want to eat anything
homemade). Also, you don’t need your children hyped up on sugar on a night
that has already got them excited!
There’s no need to bog yourself or your children down with a thousand do’s and don’ts; the tips outlined in this article, coupled with some good old fashioned common sense on the part of a trusted adult companion, should make the night spooky but not frightful.
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