Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bonner Springs Allstate representative offers safety tips for Halloween

October 20, 2009

Every year at Halloween, children envision a night of ghosts, goblins, and the possibility of amassing a treasure of candy.

On the other hand, concerned parents worry about their children’s safety during this yearly ritual.

The following tips from Rebecca Zirkle, with Two States Allstate Insurance Co., and the National Safety council offer some guidelines for ensuring a safe and fun 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 and early meal before going out. Tell youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

• When it doubt, throw it out.

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