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Halloween Safety Tips 2013

Today we part from our usual heating and air conditioning related tips to offer a few Halloween safety tips for this year.

We know not everyone participates in the festivities of Halloween, but for those who do, a few reminders are in order for tonight, courtesy of SafeKidsWorldwide.org

Halloween Safety Tips

Walk Safely

  • Halloween safety tips courtesy of Safekids.orgCross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Here’s where you can download a PDF version of these Halloween Safety Tips.

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips from Brown and Reaves ServicesToday we part from our usual heating and air conditioning related tips to offer a few Halloween safety tips.

We know not everyone participates in the festivities of Halloween, but for those who do, a few reminders are in order for Wednesday night, courtesy of the Craig Daily Press in Colorado.

Using some common sense and some preventive measures may avoid you or your child having to call 911, or “filing an insurance claim” because someone got hurt.

  • Take advantage of local businesses and downtown activities for Trick or Treating.
  • If your children are going to neighborhoods for trick or treating, plan a safe route so you know where they will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure they have a cell phone.
  • Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, that they should never go into a house they don’t know, get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger. Also, tell them what to do should this happen; To scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to somewhere safe.
  • Be sure your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Tell them not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated, well lighted areas with lots of people around.
  • Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by, or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy (and get the pick of the best stuff!)
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a good idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costumes to make them more visible to cars.
  • Let them know they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
  • KnowFollow these Halloween safety tips for a safe and happy Halloween the route your kids will be taking if you aren’t going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back home. Make sure they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
  • Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions.
  • If they are going to be at a friend’s home, get the phone number and make sure you’ve met the parents.
We hope you have a safe Halloween, whether going out with your kids, or simply opening the door and greeting those at your home who want a treat.
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