Keeping kids safe this Halloween

© monkeybusinessimagesWitches and ghosts have nothing on the real threats trick-or-treaters could face during this year’s Halloween celebrations –
Make sure safety is your top priority, not only for your kids but for kids that come on to your property.
Channel 4 gives us several useful tips to keep kids safe this halloween:
1.  Keeping your yard well lit and free from obstacles.  Remove stray objects such as flower pots and hoses that kids might trip over on their way to your door.
2.  Use battery-powered lanterns and lighting instead of candles. Candles are a potential fire hazard to both your yard and to costumes.
3.  Halloween is the one night when kids take candy from strangers. Keep kids safe by making sure they don’t eat any candy or other treats until an adult has inspected the loot.   Look out for any signs of tampering, which could include poisoning or unsafe objects inserted through wrappers. Throw away any unpackaged treats, including popcorn, apples and any small, unwrapped candies. Any candy with a torn wrapper — even a small pinhole — should also be tossed into the trash.
4.  You should always trick-or-treat in groups and an adult or an older child should accompany young children from door to door. Visit only houses that have lights on. While out and about, stick to well-lit streets, preferably with sidewalks to keep both kids and adults alike safe from traffic. Carry a flashlight to light the way as well as light you up for cars and other trick-or-treaters.
5.  Everyone wear costumes made of flame-resistant materials. Parents and kids who make their own costumes should consider fabrics such as nylon and polyester. Costumes and shoes should both fit well and be easy to move around in. Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping and shoes should be sturdy.
6.  Kids going out with a group of friends should carry a cell phone with them in case of emergency. All kids should know their home phone numbers and know how to dial 911 before going out for trick-or-treat, especially the little ones who might accidentally get lost.

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