Thursday, October 29, 2009

6 Halloween Safety Tips You Won't Want To Miss

Halloween should be all about candy, costumes and fun, but the reality is that the key to a successful holiday is safety. The excitement of Halloween sometimes makes children and adults alike forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to protect children as they venture out this October 31.

Intelius – a company that empowers consumers and businesses with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security – has come up with some Halloween safety tips that will keep your children out of harm’s way on the spookiest night of the year.
  1. Create safe costumes. Helping your child pick out or create a Halloween costume can be a fun, bonding activity, but it’s also important to keep in mind safety when selecting the perfect get-up. Make sure your child’s costume is made from fire proof materials and that eye holes in their masks are large enough for good peripheral vision. Always be sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

  2. Equip your children with important information. Even if you plan to trick-or-treat with your child, secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

  3. Know your surroundings. Use services like Neighborhood Watch or Intelius’s Property & Neighborhood Report to identify and locate sex offenders when charting your child’s trick-or-treating route.

  4. Don’t go off the beaten track. Be sure to tell your child to stay on neighborhood sidewalks and in well lit areas and avoid cutting through parks, vacant lots, fields and other places that are less populated. If you are another adult are not accompanying him or her, tell them to stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood.

  5. Decorate safely. Nothing beats spooky Halloween decorations to give your trick-or-treaters a harmless scare, but be sure to remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. It’s a holiday staple, but candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Keep indoor jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains and other furnishings that could be ignited.

  6. Inspect candy before doling it out. Instruct your children not to bring home any treats to be examined by you before they indulge. Cooking up a Halloween dinner will make them less likely to gobble up the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

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