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Keep Safe while Trick - or - Treating this Halloween!

Halloween is one of the times of the year that children get really excited about! It is a chance for them to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy candies and sweet treats. But while Halloween can be a fun time for kids and the family, dangers and risks can still arise! So here are some tips that can help prevent certain threats:

HEALTH TIPS
  1. Trick-or-treat is a great opportunity for kids to get out of the house and away from games, toys and computers! Walking from house to house will give kids their daily dose of exercise.
  2. Candies, chocolates and sweets are delicious and probably the best part of Halloween but it is important to limit the amount of treats you and your kids eat. Eating too many sweets can cause several long-term diseases like Diabetes.
  3. After trick-or-treating, it is a good thing to remember to check and examine all treats before eating them. Some candies could be tampered, poisoned or wrapped in a substance that can cause choking and the like.
  4. For those who plan to stay at home, watch horror movies and give candies to kids on Halloween, you can provide healthier alternative to candies for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and even fruits.
  5. Another thing to remember is to avoid eating treats that are “homemade”. It might have been contaminated or poisoned. Try to eat only factory-wrapped treats.

COSTUME TIPS
  1. One of the most popular Halloween costumes for boys are the ones that usually involve a weapon like swords, knives, and etc. It is important to that costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible to avoid injuries
  2. Halloween is usually done at night. Sometimes, drivers have a hard time navigating through the roads especially that during this time, lights are dimmer. A great idea to avoid accidents is place reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see better.
  3. Remember to check costumes before heading out. Make sure that masks, shoes, accessories and the like are secured and well-fitted to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  4. When walking house to house, try to avoid walking in houses that are lit by candles and the like because costumes made of cardboard or paper might catch fire. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
  5. Sometimes, costumes are better with makeup and prosthetics to make it scarier. Make sure to test makeup before using it in a large area of the body because it might cause skin rashes and irritation. Also, make sure to remove make before bedtime to prevent possible irritation on the skin and the eyes.

SAFETY TIPS
  1. Trick-or-treating alone is something that should be avoided at all times. There are several cases of abductions and kidnappings when kids and teens are left to trick-or-treat alone. It is better to be in groups or with an adult that can be trusted.
  2. Trick-or-treating at night can be tricky especially if the houses you are visiting are filled with props and decorations. It is important to bring a flashlight to help see better. Also it is better to WALK instead of run from house to house to avoid tripping and other injuries.
  3. Car accidents can happen during trick-or-treating especially if kids are running from house to house in a dim-lit street. When crossing the street, make sure to look both ways and use crosswalks wherever possible.
  4. Don’t talk to strangers. This is the golden rule during Halloween. Stay close to family and friends and avoid wandering off. Enter a home only when accompanied by a trusted adult. Never visit houses that are abandoned or dim-lit. And never accept rides from strangers.
  5. For those who are planning to decorate their houses and yards, be sure that walking areas and stairs are free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall. Also make sure to keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries in safe place that could avoid causing fires. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.

If you want to enjoy Halloween the best way, it is important to always put safety and security first before anything else. Candies are not worth putting your life or the lives of others at risk! And remember, prevention is always better than cure! Happy Halloween!

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