People from all over the world often associate Halloween with fun and treats. Parents allow their children to go out and enjoy their trick and treat activities, without thinking about their child’s safety to some degree.
The truth is, Halloween is not just about fun and treats. Several reports have revealed that compared to other usual nights, Halloween nights are more dangerous to children ages 5 to 11. A large number of children were killed and injured during Halloween nights and this happens primarily because of lack of parent’s supervision.
So what should parents do to prevent their children from getting injured at Halloween? And, how can they help their children have a safe and fun Halloween?
There are many things that parents can do to ensure their child’s safety on Halloween. Read on to learn more about the most advisable Halloween child safety strategies.
Safety Tips for Children
*It is a rule of thumb for small children to go only to a well-lit house and remain only on porches rather than entering the house.
*It is important to engage on trick or treat activities with a number of peers with you. If possible, a small child traveling in small groups should be accompanied by an adult.
*For ultimate Halloween child safety, it is best to keep and know phone numbers and carry coins or cell phone for emergency calls.
*Prepare name tags with addresses and attached them to Halloween costumes.
*If you are given treats, don’t eat them immediately. Instead, bring them home before eating so parents can inspect them.
*Use costume swords and knives that are not sharp and rigid. You can consider the flexible ones, instead.
*Walk on the neighborhoods with flashlights.
*Stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
*If you want to cross the street, cross at the corner, not between parked cars.
*Stay together in a group before crossing.
*If possible, choose and wear clothing that are bright, reflective and flame retardant.
*Don’t wear masks for that will only obstruct your vision. Try to use face paint.
*Don’t wear baggy or over-sized costumes to prevent tripping.
Safety Tips for Parents
* Don’t let your children age below 12 to go out at Halloween nights by themselves. For ultimate Halloween children safety, it is best to supervise them and their outing.
*Set a curfew for older children.
*Prepare homes for tricks or treaters by cleaning and clearing your porches, sidewalks, and lawns.
*Inspect candies and candy wrappers for safety before letting the children eat them.
*Make sure that the pedestrian area is safe for trick or treaters.
*If you are driving, watch for children crossing the streets. Drive safely and slowly.
Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is going to the dogs! Each year the holiday becomes more and more popular not only with adults and children, but their pets as well. Actually, it's really not the pet that loves to dress up as much as it is the pet's owner that gets the final say.
Who doesn't love to see a dog dressed in drag on Halloween night; however, it's not for all dogs. Some pet Halloween costumes can pose safety and health hazards, so think twice before dressing up your dog.
The costume should not constrict the pet's movement, hearing or impede his ability to breathe or bark. The costume should be flame retardant and it is important to remove any small or dangling accessories that could be chewed and swallowed.
You know your pets’ personality, if they're happier going in their birthday suit, than so be it.
Here are some other ways to help keep your pet safe and stress-free on Halloween:
*Find a secure place in your home to keep your dogs, especially if you're giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Many dogs get loose when the door opens, and the presence of little (and big) costumed people often scares animals, increasing the chance dogs will run away or get hit by cars.
*Make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date I.D. collar and tag and/or a microchip.
*If your dog has any aggressive tendencies, fear of loud noises or a habit of excessive barking, place him in a quiet room as far away from your front door as possible, at least a half-hour before trick-or-treaters arrive.
*Consider crating your pet, which can make him feel more secure and reduce chances of accidental escapes.
*Provide chew toys, a favorite blanket, a piece of clothing with your scent on it, or whatever comforts the animal.
*Play soft music or a recording of soothing sounds.
*Always keep dogs and cats indoors. In addition to the parade of trick-or-treaters frightening and agitating them, there have been reports of taunting, poisonings and pet thefts.
*No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not your pets. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can cause nerve damage and even death in dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is and the smaller the lethal dose.
*Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous as well, causing choking or intestinal obstruction if swallowed.
*Explain to your children how dangerous treats are to pets. Take the candy supply and put it somewhere out of reach of pets. Caution children about leaving candy wrappers on the floor.
*Make sure pets can't reach candles, jack-o-lanterns, decorations or ornaments.
By following these simple safety rules, your pets will be safe this Halloween.