Before your little ghosts and goblins trick or treat this year, parents should keep in mind these trick or treating safety tips to make sure the only howls are those of fun. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Make sure children under 12 are supervised by an adult or teen chaperone if you can't take her around yourself. Teens should have a curfew.
- Round up a group.
It's best for kids of any age to travel in groups of three or
more—there is safety in numbers., Plan a route with your child, making
sure he knows to call you if she deviates from the plan. Keep his route
to familiar streets and houses, working up the street then back down
without criss-crossing. Set a time limit when he should come home or
- Tell her to visit well-lit, familiar houses.
Make her promise to stick to the stoop — and never go inside unless she
knows the grown-ups very well. Remind her to say "thank you" for her
- Remind him of police and fire safety.
Practice the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll," just in case his clothes
catch on fire. Encourage him to talk to a policeman or call you if
anything makes her uncomfortable or upset.
- Review pedestrian rules. It's easy to overestimate your child's ability to remember to cross at corners, wait for walk signals, and stay on the sidewalks. Between the evening's excitement and the novelty of being out at night, reviewing traffic-safety is a good idea. Remind her to walk — not run — between houses.
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