Halloween Safety Tips - Keep Your Children Safe Today!

October 30, 2009 by admin  
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Times have dramatically changed since my kids were little.  We have child predators, child molesters, and just flat out crazy people who steal kids in a split second.  In the past Halloween safety was about making sure your kids didn’t get razor blades inside their candy.  Now when we stress child safety it’s about parents praying they don’t lost their kids through some type of abduction or worse while they are out “trick or treating.”

Here are the 2009 Halloween Safety Tips that we all know but it never hurts to reiterate and remind ourselves again about Child Safety.

2009 Halloween Safety Tips

1. Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating.”

2. Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and all people from which the children receive treats.

3. Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardian.

4. Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

5. Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and at night.

6. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

7. Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside.

8. Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, guardians, and/or the proper authority.

9. Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian

10. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

11. Take a flashlight with fresh batteries to help guide you and your child’s way even if there are street lights in your neighborhood. Again, reflective tape added to your child’s costume or shoes is good idea.

12. Tell your children not to eat any of their treats until they come home so parents can inspect each and every piece.

13. Walk don’t run. Walking is safer and by not running children will be able to observe traffic more easily and each other.

14. Children should stay on sidewalks whenever possible. Avoid walking through yards and driveways.

15. Provide your child with emergency identification - like a bracelet or necklace. Place your child’s name, telephone number and address somewhere on their costume, closing or a piece of paper in their pocket.

* Partial list from Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Have a fun time with your children and a Safe Halloween!!

Have a fun time with your children and a Safe Halloween!!

Remember, Stay Aware…Stay Alert…Stay Alive!!

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