Trick or Treating This Halloween? Follow These Child Safety Tips
Halloween is a night when some of our best childhood memories are created…just so long as things are fun scary, not actually scary. Here are some child safety tips to have in mind to keep kids safe this October:
Design costumes for visibility
Glow sticks, flashlights, and even reflector tape can help to ensure that drivers see your children in the street. Incorporating these safety features into the theme of your child’s costume takes a little creativity, but gives you peace of mind.
Also, makeup is generally preferable to a mask, which can obstruct your child’s vision.
Take It Slow
Be sure kids walk slowly rather than run from home to home, especially as they cross neighborhood streets. While everyone is on the lookout for trick-or-treaters, children can dart in front of motorists, who may not have enough time to react.
Make Eye Contact
A good habit to teach the kids: When crossing the street, make eye contact with the driver to make sure that they acknowledge you before you step into the street.
Protect Your Phones
It may be a good idea to withhold electronic devices while out trick-or-treating to reduce the possibility of distraction while walking, which can lead to tripping, falling, and crossing the street improperly. Also, be sure to shorten pant hems and have kids wear safe, comfortable sneakers.
Know Where to Go
If your kids are getting to the age where they can trick-or-treat without an adult escort, make sure they stick to familiar areas and that you know the route they will be taking. Sharing their location on smartphones is an easy way to keep tabs on their whereabouts.
If you need to make a trip by car, drive slowly, and turn your headlights on early in the evening so that you can see the kids, and the kids can see you.
The safety of all children comes first on Halloween. With some basic precautions, you can help to ensure a safe, fun night out, and with My Alarm Center, you can rest assured that your home is safe.
Halloween night can be easy pickings for burglars since they already know that so many families are out and about. Not to mention, they can knock on your door to see if you’re home without drawing suspicion. Fortunately, alarm companies like My Alarm Center can keep an eye on your home with our renowned alarm monitoring solutions.