At ZRP we want to keep you safe while you and your family are trick or treating! Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep in mind:
- Children under 12 should not be trick or treating at night without adult supervision. Popular hours are 5:30-9:30pm so be alert for kids during those hours.
- Tell your children to always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far left as possible.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up while walking. Don’t run across the street!
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stockers, and try to choose light colors.
- Have your kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see or be seen by drivers. Make sure batteries are fresh.
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
- Choose face paint over masks that could limit or block eyesight.
- Make sure costumes are short enough so the kids won’t trip on them while walking.
- For props such as swords of knives, use flexible ones like rubber or plastic.
- To keep homes safe, parents should remove anything on the sidewalk or porch a child could trip over, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, or potted plants.
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Make sure to keep pets in the crate so they don’t jump on unsuspecting trick or treaters!
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. An adult should closely examine all treats before giving them to a child.
- Consider purchasing non-food treats for kids, such as coloring books, or pens/pencils.
- Small children should not carve pumpkins.
- Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light up your jack-o-lantern. If you do use a candle, use a votive.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects.
Most importantly, have fun!