5 Tips for a Safe Night of Trick-or-Treating

Make sure your kids stay safe while trick-or-treating this year.

With Halloween approaching quickly, your kids are probably bouncing off the walls with excitement.  While it’s great to join them and get into the Halloween spirit, it’s still important to make their safety a priority.  Here are five suggestions to keep in mind to make sure your kids stay safe while trick-or-treating this year.

1) Choose the Right Costume

To start, make sure your child’s costume is made of non-flammable materials.  This will reduce their fire risk in the event that they come into contact with homes that are using real candles to decorate.  You should also make sure that your child does not select a costume that requires a face mask.  These masks could obscure your child’s vision making them more likely to trip or bump into something and injure themselves.

2) Set Trick-or-Treating Boundaries

If you are allowing your child to venture out without parental supervision, then make sure you discuss their trick-or-treating route before they leave.  Your child should have clear limits on how far they can travel on their quest for candy.  Make sure your child is carrying a cell phone, so you can stay in contact with them and use it to track your child’s location while they are out.

3) Review “Stranger Danger” Rules

Make sure that your child knows that they should never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle.  Additionally, you should make sure that your child has an action plan in the event that they are approached by a suspicious stranger.  Make sure your child calls and asks for permission before accepting a ride or invitation to a friend’s home.

4) Discuss Traffic Guidelines

Remind your child that they should not run around while they are out trick-or-treating as this puts themselves and other innocent bystanders at risk for injuries.  You should be especially strict about the guidelines for crossing streets.  Your child should only cross at official crosswalks and never dart into traffic without first checking for drivers.

5) Conduct a Candy Inspection

It’s important to tell your children not to eat any of the candy they collect until they get home.  Once they return, make sure to inspect their haul and discard any unwrapped, unlabeled, unfamiliar, or homemade treats.  Taking these precautions will ensure that your child does not ingest candy that has been tampered with.

These are some of the suggestions you should try to make sure your kids stay safe while trick-or-treating this year.  Looking for assistance with your small business insurance needs this October?  If so, then contact us at PMC Insurance Group.  We are ready to get you covered today.

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