With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important to know how to keep your children safe on the beloved All Hallow’s Eve. Here are some tips and tricks for helping your children have a safe Halloween without taking away from their fun.
Not only is it important for drivers to be able to see you and your children, but it’s equally important for you to be able to see them. Avoid using masks that may hinder vision, opt for hats and makeup instead. Make use of bright, reflective costumes. If your child insists on being a vampire this Halloween, consider adding reflective tape to the costume. Avoid the use of decorative contacts. Besides limiting your vision, they can also cause damage to your eyes.
Ensure that your children know how to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. If older children are planning on trick-or-treating by themselves, discuss an appropriate route and the time you expect them to be home. Have them carry a cell phone and make sure you have one yourself. Provide flashlights.
Safety in Numbers
A responsible adult should always accompany young children. Emphasize the importance of remaining in a group and don’t allow children to go off by themselves.
Adults should examine treats thoroughly before allowing children to consume them. Discard anything that is unwrapped, spoiled, homemade, or simply looks suspicious.
Don’t allow your child to eat all of their treats at once. Chewing sugarless gum can help reduce the chances of tooth decay, because the increased saliva flow will help to flush out food particles. Encourage children to eat their rationed treats with meals.
Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing is always important, but especially when consuming more sugar than usual. Make certain that your children are brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day and flossing at least once every day.
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