NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children’s safety – whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of booty – can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.
• Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights
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• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately call
• Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children
• Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle
• Be on the alert for excited youngsters whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.
Trick or Treater Tips for Children Parents
• Dress for safety – Make sure costumes are not flammable and do not permit your children to wear cumbersome, floor length or vision-impairing costumes; carry a light and use reflectors
stripes to make costumes more visible; in lieu of masks, wear face makeup(makes can be hot and uncomfortable and can obstruct a child’s vision, making is dangerous for kids to cross streets and go up and down stairs)
• Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so as not to be a target for real-life goblins; parents should accompany young children.
• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out; if it’s dark, make sure someone has a flashlight, add reflective tape to costumes and bags, and pick well-lighted streets
• Do not enter anyone’s home; Remain on the porch at all times.
• Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not
• Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars
• Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection
• Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals; walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street
• Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks
• Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency
• It’s hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they’re still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand
• Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home
• Only eat unopened candies and treats that are in original wrappers; and discard any unwrapped treats and anything that looks suspicious
Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike–if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe. Remember, contact 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect candy has been tainted.
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