Millions of kids across America will celebrate Halloween this year. And whether your child is a ghost or a princess, Halloween candy and food safety is a prime concern for most parents.
With that thought in mind, My Alarm Center is pleased to offer these tips to keep your children safe during this trick-or-treat season:
- Feed your child before allowing them to trick-or-treat. A full belly helps to keep them from snacking while trick-or-treating.
- Teach your child to NEVER eat anything they receive until they get home and you have inspected it.
- Try to be with your child while they trick-or-treat. This is your best way to ensure their safety and to make sure they don’t eat anything until they are home and you’ve inspected it.
- Examine your kid’s goodies under a bright light as soon as they get home. Do it right away…the longer you wait the more likely your children will eat it without it being inspected.
- Throw away anything that does not look right. When in doubt, throw it out.
- It’s best to throw away candy in twist wrappers, as candy can be easily tampered with and re-wrapped. Keep an eye out for Tootsie Rolls, hard candies and bubble gums.
- Dispose of home-made goods given to you by strangers. This includes cookies, candy apples, popcorn balls and any home-made items. The risk is too great to take the chance.
- Keep chocolate, nuts and raisins away from your dogs. It is toxic to them and could kill them.
- You may want to have your kid’s Halloween treats X-Rayed at a local hospital or medical center. Many medical facilities offer this service for free during Halloween. Check your local newspaper or local community oriented website.
- Don’t allow children to eat anything that may be a choking hazard.
Halloween is meant to be a fun time for everyone. We’ve written before about home Halloween safety and offer this tips about Halloween candy to protect your little ones.
Have a great Halloween!