Halloween Safety Tips for Babies and Kids
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Take a good look around your home and make sure you are providing a safe haven for visiting trick-or-treaters. Keep the pathway entrance to your house free and clear of any kind of debris that may be an accident waiting to happen. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that families remove garden hoses and toys from the front yard, as well as make sure outdoor lights are in working order.
If your family has a dog and/or cat, it is a good idea to keep Fido or Fluffy in a separate room away from the front door, just for the evening. This eliminates the chance of your dog or cat barking at, jumping on, scratching, nipping at, or even biting the many trick-or-treaters who will be visiting your home.
Out and About
According to the AAP, more than half of motor vehicle-related deaths of school-age children are caused by pedestrian injuries. Children ages seven and younger always require adult supervision when crossing the street.
Halloween is the perfect time to instill and reinforce proper pedestrian safety rules with your children. “[This] is a great opportunity to teach your young children to walk, don’t run, never to dart out into a street, or cross between parked cars,” says Cody. “Teach your child to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks, looking left, right, and left again before and while crossing the street.”
Make sure that your children walk only on sidewalks that are well-lit and away from the roadway as much as possible. When sidewalks are not available, you and your children should walk at the far edge of a roadway, facing traffic, not against it.
Children under the age of 12 should never trick-or-treat without adult supervision, and children of all ages should always travel in groups and only along pre-established routes in familiar neighborhoods. Parents should also make it a priority to know the names of all of the children and respective parents with which their little one’s will be trick-or-treating.
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