Halloween Safety Tips

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Real Estate Agent with Results Realty

 

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters.

Halloween is not really that scary if you play it safe. With a little planning, it's a Halloween tipstreat for children and their parents that stick to safe neighborhood walking routes, street crossings, costumes and candy.

According to the National Safety Council's Family Safety and Health, there are some things we can do to make this Halloween more safe:

Preparation:

Plan and review with your children the trick-or-treating route. Young children should be accompanied by an older teen or responsible adult.

Agree on a specific time when children must return home.

Equip all children with flashlights. Older children should wear a watch and carry money for nonemergency phone calls.

Send a cell phone with older trick or treaters that feel they can go on their street by themselves.  Also remember, there is safety in numbers, it is a good idea for several older kids to go together.

Costumes:

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween, according to the National Safety Council. Costumes should be kept short to prevent trips.

 Use makeup instead of masks so the child's vision is unobstructed. Children wearing masks should remove them before crossing a street, driveway or alley.

Secure emergency identification discreetly within the costume or on a bracelet. Never put a child's name in a place where a stranger might see it.

Think before using toy knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not look authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

Costumes should be loose to accommodate warm clothing underneath.

Glow sticks are great for kids of all ages.  They are very reasonable and last for a several hours.

Out and about:

Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.

Children should not enter homes unless accompanied by an adult.

People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove all obstacles from their lawns, steps and porches.

Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations and other furnishings.

Do not permit children to bicycle, rollerblade or skateboard.

Remind children to remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Children should stay in a group and walk slowly.

Children should cross the street only as a group and in established crosswalks.

Have the children go up one side of the street and then the other to avoid zig zagging back and forth across the street.

When in doubt, throw it out! Please watch out for candy that can cause choking with the little ones!  As soon as you get home with the kids, dump the candy out on the table and go through it with them. I will say it again, When in doubt, through it out!!! 

General safety tips:

Remind the kids to dial 911 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 911 can be dialed free from any phone.   Do not hide from someone if you are scared, go to an adult with their children and ask for help. 

Review the principle of "stop-drop-roll" should children's clothes catch on fire.

Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who may be choking or having a heart attack.

Law enforcement should be notified of any suspicious activity.

Know the names of older children's companions. Teach your trick or treaters basic, everyday safety, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street, and crossing with the lights, to make them safer.  Tell the kids if you have any reservations about a house, to go on to the next one. 

 

Candy Henthorne
Results Realty
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Mary Warren
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Great advice Candy!  And I love your graphics!  Too cool!
Oct 29, 2007 03:01 PM #1
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Candy Henthorne
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Mary - Thank you very much.  I miss my kids going trick or treating, but I love kids to come to my house with their cute costumes!
Oct 29, 2007 03:23 PM #2
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Candy, this is a helpful post and you made it very cute with the graphics. I think its always a good idea for parents to check out their kid's candy before the kids eat it. I actually just received an email that there is some kind of meth that looks like strawberry pop rocks. That is scary. We need to protect our kids! Happy Halloween.
Oct 29, 2007 04:11 PM #3
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Candy Henthorne
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Bridget - I totally agree, we need to protect our kids.  I just hope everyone is safe and very careful.  I never understood how anyone would want to hurt children on Halloween.  All they have to do is leave or turn out their lights.  Thanks for letting us know about this, I hadn't heard.
Oct 29, 2007 04:32 PM #4
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Cynthia Day
Keller Williams Palos Verdes - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Thanks for your great tips on Halloween safety! My youngest went off to college this Sept. so I don't have any trick or treaters in the house anymore  :(
Oct 29, 2007 06:51 PM #5
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Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Great tips, all of ours have long left the nest but we look forward to passing out candy.
Oct 29, 2007 10:26 PM #6
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Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Cynthia - I know the feeling as mine are gone as well.  You can do like me and just adopt a neighbors kid!  I have become very close to a young lady I sold a house to and I try to spoil her rotten.  lol  Thank you for the nice comment.
Oct 29, 2007 11:10 PM #7
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Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
Keith & Robin - I like passing out candy and seeing the cute costumes as well.  Seems the costumes get cuter every year.
Oct 29, 2007 11:13 PM #8
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
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Candy,

How appropriate for the season....LOL.

Great reminders.....today we can never be too safe.

Oct 30, 2007 12:01 AM #9
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Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Dan - Absolutely!  We cannot be too safe in this day and age.  It is sad but true.
Oct 30, 2007 12:07 AM #10
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Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
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Candy - This is a great post.  As parents, we have to remember to always keep our kids safety in mind.  I hope you have a great Halloween!

Oct 30, 2007 01:27 PM #11
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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Candy,
A great post with lots of good tips.  I love your clipart, great addition.
Oct 30, 2007 01:29 PM #12
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Candy Henthorne
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Sal - I hope you have a great Halloween as well.  Thanks for the nice comments.

 

Oct 30, 2007 02:58 PM #13
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Candy Henthorne
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Cynthia - Thank you, I feel we can't be too careful in this day and age.  Always nice to hear from you Cynthia.
Oct 30, 2007 02:59 PM #14
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