CLARK– Every year at Halloween, children envision ghosts, goblins, and the possibility of amassing a treasure trove of candy. On the other hand, concerned parents worry about their children’s safety during this yearly candy-gathering ritual.
“Halloween is a cherished tradition, but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful,” says Mike Antenucci of Clark, an Exclusive Agent with Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company (Allstate New Jersey). “There’s no real ‘trick’ to making Halloween a treat for the entire family. Both children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.”
The following tips from the Allstate Insurance Company, parent corporation of Allstate New Jersey, and the National Safety Council offer some excellent guidelines for ensuring that children have a fun and SAFE Halloween:
• Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will supervise the outing for children under age 12. Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
• Establish a return time.
• Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
• Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
• Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.
• If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible.
• Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.
• Give children an early meal before going out. Tell youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
• When in doubt, throw it out.
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