- Supervise your children if they are less than 12 years old.
- Carry a flashlight with new batteries to see others and help others see you.
- Only stop at houses that are well-lit.
- Never enter a stranger’s home.
- Carry water to make sure your children stay hydrated and do not overheat.
- If your children are older than 12 years of age, discuss a pre-planned route. This way, you will know where they are during the night. Have them periodically check-in by calling or stopping by.
For safe costumes,
- Make sure the fabric is flame-retardant.
- Make sure there isn’t any dragging or loose ends that could cause tripping.
- Use reflective tape on costumes and bags to ensure children are visible to drivers.
- Try to use face paint instead of masks. If using masks, be sure your child still has adequate peripheral vision and breathing is not obstructed.
- Attach you child’s full name and number somewhere on the costume, just in case you and your child are accidently separated during the night.
To make sure your kids only eat what is safe,
- Stick with factory-manufactured treats. Do not accept homemade treats, unless from a trusted neighbor.
- Check your children’s candy for wrapper damage. If the candy inside is exposed, that piece should be discarded.
- Have your children eat dinner before leaving. This way, children are not as tempted to eat their candy before you can check it.
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