When Halloween comes around at the end of October, many adults are focused on keeping their children safe. However, there is a lot more to Halloween safety than ensuring your child returns home safe at the end of the evening. Suppose you are a homeowner passing out candy, playing a supervisory role while trick-or-treating, or simply finding yourself out and about on Halloween night. In that case, the following tips are essential to know.
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Safety as a Homeowner
Becoming a homeowner is exciting for several reasons. On the opposite end of the spectrum, being a homeowner is laden with responsibility. On Halloween, children will likely be on your property to collect their goods. As the homeowner, you can be held liable for any incident in your yard or on your sidewalk. To protect yourself from legal troubles and to prevent children from getting hurt, it is wise to adhere to these tips:
- Clear the walkway
- Light the sidewalk
- Check your purchased treats for rips and tears before handing out
- Ensure dogs are unable to get to children, even if friendly
- Do not provide alcohol at parties
Ensure your Halloween guests are safe by preventing falls, offering trustworthy candy, and avoiding other potential dangers.
Safety While Trick-or-Treating
Although children are often at risk while trick-or-treating, adults also need to act with safety in mind. If your children are going trick-or-treating, go with them or send them with a trusted adult. Make sure that children and adults have reflective items or brightly colored clothing to increase visibility. Children should also have identification and contact information for parents or guardians on their person.
Trick-or-treating in a known neighborhood can aid in reducing risk. The adult in charge should be on alert for vehicles, strangers, and other potential dangers.
Tips for Adults
Since drivers kill children twice as much on trick-or-treat nights than any other night, it is best to avoid driving. If you must drive, be extra vigilant to watch out for child pedestrians. As is always true, do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When going through your child’s loot for the evening, make sure no items have been opened or tampered with. Parents should also toss out any homemade goods. Protecting your children from dangers in candy may be a joke on social media, but being on the lookout for open candy can prevent health issues. Take it seriously.