Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Parents can help their children enjoy a safe Halloween by following these tips.  It is recommended that parents go over these safety procedures with their children ahead of time.

  • Make sure costumes fit properly and are short enough to avoid tripping over them.
  • Use face paint or make up instead of masks that can obstruct vision.
  • If using a mask, cut eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are easy to walk in.
  • Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape to help make trick or treaters more visible to motorists.
  • Have an adult or older child accompany youngsters.
  • Buy costumes and wigs labeled flame resistant.
  • Stay in your own neighborhood.
  • Trick or treat at homes of individuals that you know with porch lights on.
  • Never go to a stranger’s house.
  • Accept treats at the door - - never go into the home of a stranger.
  • Stop and look both ways before crossing the street, and always cross at corners.
  • Use a flashlight to ensure safe walking and to be more visible.
  • Have parents inspect all treats before they are eaten.
  • Discard any unwrapped treats.
  • Offer a healthy alternative to candy such as individually wrapped raisins or trail mix.
  • Keep small candies and peanuts away from younger children.  They may choke on the small pieces.
  • Drive slowly through neighborhoods and be especially careful on side streets.
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