Keeping the Family Safe This Halloween

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HalloweenHalloween is a fun-filled and exciting time for the whole family. However, it is important to make sure that your family remains safe while trick-or-treating. Here are some safety tips you can follow.

Taking Treats from Strangers

Halloween is the time when your kids may take candy from people in costumes. It may be someone you know or a stranger, you cannot really tell. This is the time of the year you should exercise extreme caution without spoiling the kids’ fun. A great way to do this is to educate your kids. Guide them not to eat candy outside the house from people they don’t know. Have them bring all the candy back and inspect it before they eat it.  Any treats with tampered or faded wrappers should be avoided.

Avoid Houses without Halloween Decorations

If a particular house does not have Halloween decorations, advise your kids not to ring the doorbell. It may simply be a vacant house or someone who does not want to participate in Halloween festivities. Also, guide your little ones not to go inside a house to get candy, encourage them to stand on doorsteps and wait for the home owner to give them candy. They can collect the treats on the front porch.

Educate Your Kids Which Houses to Approach

Generally, a house with no lights on or candy left out means the occupants are either away or do not want to be disturbed. Ask your kids to only approach houses they are familiar with. The best way is to accompany them while trick-or-treating and guide them which house to approach and which not to.

Avoid Shortcuts and Unfamiliar Routes

If your kids are old enough to go out for trick-or-treating on their own, explain them the importance of using familiar routes.

These tips will make Halloween fun for the kids and give you a peace of mind that they are safe.