Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
Oct 17, 2016, 08:26 AM
Discount Auto Glass
We are coming up on one of the most exciting times of the year for children … trick-or-treating for Halloween. While this is a very exciting and fun time, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone who is out trick-or-treating, both children and adults alike. Check out this list of safety tips from Discount Auto Glass below.
- Check with your city or the neighborhood you plan to trick-or-treat in for guidelines and times. Different areas may have different rules or restrictions for the holiday.
- Plan a route. Many people trick-or-treat in areas that are unfamiliar to their children. Make sure your children know the route before heading out so they can avoid getting lost.
- Go over the rules you want your children to follow. A few rules to consider: only go to homes with a porch light on and do not enter a home or car for candy; never break from the trick-or-treating group; do not cut across yards or use alleys; do not assume the right of way; and always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Remember costume safety. Think about costume length. If children are tripping over their costume, consider hemming it. Masks can limit or block eyesight altogether. Consider hats or non-toxic makeup as an alternative. And, wear good, comfortable shoes. Shoelaces should be tied well enough to avoid tripping and falling in the dark.
- Make sure children know how to contact law enforcement in case of an emergency.
- If on foot, stay in well-lit areas and make sure people driving vehicles can see you. Carrying a flashlight and applying reflective tape to costumes and clothing can do this.
- Watch for vehicles turning or backing up. Also, beware of walking between vehicles parked on the street.
- If driving, be sure drive slowly, especially in residential areas. The most popular trick-or-treating times are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
- Take extra time to look for children at intersections and on curbs.
- Do not text and drive or keep other distractions in your vehicle.
- Check and sort candy at the end of the night. Throw away any candy that is not in the wrapper or looks as though it was tampered with.
- Ration candy as to not eat it all in a very short period of time.
Taking these precautions on Halloween night can help ensure the safety of your children and all of those out trick-or-treating. Should you experience any damage to your vehicle during Halloween festivities, remember that Discount Auto Glass is here for you. We have eight locations around Arkansas and one in Missouri for your convenience. Give us a call at (501) 377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote today! We are also available for travel to your location if you cannot find the time to come to us at no extra cost!