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Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

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Trick-or-treaters safely enjoying some sugary rewards.
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With September coming to a close, it’s not too soon to start counting down to October 31st. As important as costumes and candy are to making this night a fun experience, it’s also wise to consider protective strategies to keep young fiends safe. Here are some practical precautions that children can implement to maximize fun and minimize danger risks when trick-or-treating.

glow sticks

Glow sticks are a nifty way to ensure that trick-or-treaters are visible to passing cars. 
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Go with glow

Dark costumes can be festive but also less visible to cars. Children can stay safe by taping their costumes with strips of reflective tape. Flashlights and glow sticks are two other great suggestions; not only will kids be more noticeable to cars but it will help them avoid tripping on uneven patches of sidewalk as they travel from house to house.

traffic lights red yellow greenStop and look

Remind children who are trick-or-treating to stop and look both ways before crossing a street. It might be a no-brainer, but on such a fun, spooky night, this precautionary step can be easy for kids to forget. When crossing the street in an urban area or busy intersection, encourage children to watch the stoplight and traffic signal displays so they know when it’s safe to head to the other side.


Adult supervision for the win

Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by adults while trick-or-treating. Even smart young people can get so caught up talking with friends and sharing candy that they might fail being as alert to road traffic as they should be. Adults will provide extra surveillance for the group to help keep everyone safe.

illuminated streets

Bright streets are better than dark ones when it comes to trick-or-treater safety.
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Familiar, illuminated routes

Children should stick to well-lit paths that they are familiar with when trick-or-treating. This will make them more visible to traffic; it will also make it easier for children to spot a passing car that forgot to turn its headlights on.

News Source: Forbes