Halloween Safety Tips

From the candy to the costumes, it’s no wonder Halloween is a fall favorite of many families. And although the holiday poses its own special set of dangers, you can keep it fun and safe by taking a few simple safety precautions.

pumpkin_1_medium1.    Plan the trick-or-treat route ahead of time so adults know where children will be.

2.    A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children at all times.

3.    Trick-or-treaters should always stay in groups and walk in well-lit areas.

4.    Fully charge cellphones and make sure volume levels are audible in case of an emergency.

5.    Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen by giving them flashlights and adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

6.    Visit only homes that have a porch light on.

7.    Only accept treats at the door; never go inside.

8.    Be cautious around animals. Don’t allow children to try to pet unfamiliar dogs.

9.    Walk only on sidewalks. If no sidewalks are available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.

10.    Don’t use alleys or cross through yards.

11. When crossing the road, cross only at intersections and never between parked cars.

12. Always look both ways before crossing roads.

13. An adult should check all treats and discard anything with unfamiliar brands or that appears homemade. Be sure to also remove candy that is loose or has damaged packaging and anything that could be a choking hazard.

For additional Halloween safety information, see these tips from the Tennessee Poison Center, a United Way of Williamson County Health partner.

Oct 31, 2017 | Health, Miscellaneous

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