Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Protecting our children’s safety on a night for ghouls, goblins, and ghosts

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Extra

BY EVA MARTIN

EVA MARTIN

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it is every adult’s responsibility to make sure that children stay safe and secure during these special times. Halloween is the first holiday of the season — and we can protect our children’s safety with common-sense precautions and basic vigilance on the big night.

Halloween is a beloved holiday that challenges young people to exercise their imaginations, express creativity, and engage in the one-of-a-kind custom that is trick-or-treating. Our kids should be able to fill their bags with candy and their hearts with joy on Halloween — and the grownups in their lives should watch over them closely, and keep an eye out for other children who may be under-supervised while roaming door-to-door.

Keep your cell phone charged in case it falls on you to make an emergency call, and make sure that all children are observing traffic safety, skipping homes that look dark and uninviting or have unleashed pets in the yard, and checking the flammability of costumes before brushing past the lights on any elaborate electric holiday displays.

In the days leading up to Halloween, parents should get a sense of where to find out which haunted houses and generous treat-givers are worth visiting. When the night wraps up, adults should carefully inspect the night’s haul before it is eaten.

And here’s a tip that isn’t followed often enough: Children should not trickor- treat on an empty stomach. A healthy dinner before indulging in Halloween festivities will reduce candy overload and save extra visits to the dentist.

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