Halloween is only one week away! This should be a fun time for kids to pretend to be whoever or whatever they want for a night, have fun with friends and eat candy. In other words: be a kid.
Unfortunately in this day in age, kids cannot be as carefree as they want and they have many dangers to look out for on Halloween. Hancock Injury Attorneys wants everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween, which is why we want to share some tips to keep in mind on Halloween!
- Always have an adult walking from door to door with your kids especially if they are elementary age or younger. Whether your children are trick-or-treating with friends or not, make sure there is at least one adult with them.
- Stay away from houses with known and registered sex offenders. Especially if your pre-teen and teenage children are trick-or-treating alone. Use this Florida Department of Law Enforcement tool to check your neighborhood.
- Children should not open any candy until they get home.
- Make sure to check all candy for evidence of tampering, or opened pieces.
- If any candy looks opened, throw it away. When in ANY doubt, throw it out.
- If anything is homemade, and you do not personally know the person who made the treat, throw it out.
- If your child is young, make sure any candy they eat will not be a choking hazard.
- Make sure any candy or treats that your children receive will not cause them to have an allergic or adverse dietary reaction.
- Make sure you know your child’s costume restrictions. Many costumes are made from material that is considered more flammable than others.
- Walk on sidewalks and avoid walking in the road while trick-or-treating.
- If you are trick-or-treating in a dimly-lit area, bring a flashlight and make sure your child’s costume is a light color or has reflective tape on it.
- If your child uses glow sticks make sure they do not open or leak. The liquid in glow sticks can cause burning. Small amounts swallowed are generally not harmful. Call Poison Control if you are concerned (800) 222-1222.
- Attend a Halloween event that is kid-friendly, such as these events here or the Halloween Spree on actual Halloween at the Glazer Children’s Museum ($5).
Have any other Halloween Trick-Or-Treating safety tips? Let us know! We hope you have a safe sun Halloween