Treat yourself! 6 Halloween safety tips

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Little children trick or treating on Halloween
Little children trick or treating on Halloween

In a matter of weeks, superheroes, firefighters, witches and princesses will be filling sidewalks in their annual hunt for Halloween candy.

With so many little goblins out and about, it’s important to remember some key safety tips to ensure the holiday is enjoyable – and safe – for everyone. The National Safety Council offers some valuable reminders.

1. Go with the kids

An adult should go trick-or-treating with young children. If your children are older and going alone with friends, plan and review a route that is acceptable and known to everyone.

2. Set boundaries

Agree on a specific time the trick-or-treating will end, and teach your children to never enter a strangers home or car. Also, remind your kids to save the candy gourging until they return home so you can look for any suspicious items.

3. Go with what you know

Stick to your neighborhood and with areas you are familiar. These areas should be well-lit; avoid houses that don’t have their porch light on.

4. Be seen

If children will be out after sunset, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and treat bags, or add a glow stick necklace to their costume. Avoid masks that might obstruct their vision.

5. Drive cautiously

If you will be driving through neighborhoods during peak trick-or-treating, slow down and keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Watch for children walking near roads and even on sidewalks.
  • Enter driveways and alleyways carefully, and look twice for children who may quickly dart into your path.
  • As the sun sets, and later at night, watch for children who may have costumes in dark colors.
  • Teenage, and inexperienced drivers, should use extra caution when driving in neighborhoods, or avoid doing so altogether.
6. Create a DIY line technician costume

What could be cuter than a small child in a hardhat knocking at your door? Putting together a line technician costume is easy and a great way to show appreciation for the hard work done by these utility employees. The following graphic gives you all the pieces you need.

SAF_Halloween Costume_IG_line tech

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, most of that time spent at the Omaha World-Herald.

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