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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Trick or Treat Safety

One of our community members, Donna Rodgers from Texas, said trick or treating is a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their children and get in a little walking exercising going from house to house knocking for treats. Great suggestion Donna!

Lot’s of our community members have children so here is a little refresher article on Trick or Treating Safety. Lance Winslow presents some new sound advice for Halloween night safety:

Trick or Treat Safety

By Lance Winslow

As parents we know how important it is to keep our kids safe during trick or treat excursions. It is important to chaperone kind under age 10 and perhaps up to age 12. The best way to do this and you have seen others do it this way is to allow the kids to travel about ten to twelve paces ahead of you to keep an eye on them. It is smart to carry a flashlight too and extra batteries or the special “Shake as you go” Flashlights or wind up versions that do not require batteries at all.

Look at your child and the silhouette and how that looks on a costume at different angles so you never lose site of them. Be sure to take jogging or tennis shoes not other types which will slow you down, as the kids want to go fast to get more candy you see? Take an extra pillowcase to hold the candy when they get too much. Do not mix the kids candy; they will get upset. By collecting the candy as they go, they will not become victims of candy thieves from older teenagers and bag snatchers.

Make sure to instruct your kids that there will be no littering of wrappers or that will end the trick or treating for the night. Do not let your kids run across people’s lawns because they can cut their ankles on sprinkler heads in the dark. Each year Hospital Emergency rooms fill up with minor injuries calling for stitches and you maybe there all night waiting. Think on these things and have a plan of where you are going in the neighborhoods.

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