October 31st is just around the corner, and that usually means families will be in out in force, decked out in the latest costumes to snag some treats, have some laughs and be together as a family unit.
However, even with the fun, safety for adults and their little ones is very important to practice on this ghoulish night.
When choosing costumes for the family, make sure to pick costumes that are bright and can be seen well, while also being short enough to prevent tripping and fire-resistant. Consider non-toxic makeup or hats instead of eye-sight-concealing masks and make sure any props with costumes (swords, sticks) are not sharp to hurt children or adults.
Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult, while older children may be okay to trick-or-treat alone or in a group. Avoid going to any houses where the porch light is not on and no one seems to be home or interested in trick-or-treaters.
Make sure to create an emergency plan for the family if someone were to get lost or hurt in any way. Whether it’s knowing to go to a specific neighbor to dial 911, or a meeting spot to come together if anyone is separated, a plan of action is key.
If you want trick-or-treaters at your house, remove anything in your entryway/doorway that could cause a child to trip and check porch light bulbs to see if they work. Keep pets away from the door, so as not to scare any children or so the pets don’t escape.
We at KB Staffing want all the families to enjoy the festivities safely and together, and encourage all to look out for one another in our beloved Polk County community. Contact us to read more about Halloween safety and check out our employment opportunities.
Information courtesy of American Academy of Pediatrics website.