Halloween is upon us, and so are the hazards! I know we all can't wait to get out with our family and have a fun night with the kids dressed up collecting all the candy their little buckets can carry, but its important to take caution as this night can have many hidden dangers. We encourage everyone to have fun but remember to be safe by using the tips you will read here today.
As always, there will be children running around the streets and so it important to not only think about your and your family's safety but also others' as well. If you plan to be out driving take extra caution because little ones can often runoff in the excitement of getting to the next house.
If you have children that you're taking trick-or-treating here are a few tips:
Cross the street using crosswalks or signals at street corners.
Only go to houses with the porch lights on.
Carry glowsticks or flashlights and wear reflective material to be seen by cars.
Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible. Masks can obstruct vision.
Always walk on sidewalks if possible. Walk facing traffic if the sidewalk is not available.
Sort through candy when you get home to ensure that all of your treats are in fact treats and not something that could be harmful.
Halloweens not just for kids, it can be a fun time for adults too! If you choose to enjoy the night with friends, be sure to plan ahead. Arrange rides home prior to arriving at the party or get-together and hold each other accountable. If you decide to stay home and give out treats, ensure your porch is easily accessible from the road and clearly lit. Food allergies are more prominent in children and are very serious to take into consideration. Have non-candy treats on hand like spider rings or slime for allergy-sensitive children.
Be safe this Halloween season! If you have any questions for Halloween safety, STEP would be happy to help. Give us a call at (270) 753-6529 to assist in your needs.