Tips for a safe trick-or-treating experience
(NC) As much fun as Halloween is with all the pumpkins, haunted houses, candy and costumes, it's important to remember it's also a night when extra safety precautions should be taken. From picking a well-fitted costume, to educating children on candy safety, parents should provide a watchful eye to keep the fun in trick-or-treating. Good corporate citizens, like Rogers Communications, are avidly helping too.
“Hundreds of our employees and volunteers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods in red cable vans to offer any assistance needed to ghosts, ghouls, goblins and their parents,” says company director of public affairs, Patricia Trott. “The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol team will once again be in communities to provide a safe night for trick-or-treaters and offer peace of mind for parents – and it's thanks to the dedication of our employees that we are able to provide this service."
To help you prepare for a safe trick-or-treating experience, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol offers the following tips and tricks:
• Ensure costumes are safe. Make sure your child's Halloween costume is made of flame-resistant materials and is well fitted. Costumes that drag on the ground can pose a tripping hazard, which can be a serious danger if kids fall while crossing the street. Masks, hats and other accessories should also fit your child properly without inhibiting their vision. Halloween makeup is a safer option.
• Make sure your children can be seen. Visibility is a very important safety consideration. Flashlights with fresh batteries, glow sticks and reflective tape are must-haves on Halloween and will enable drivers to see kids as they go from door-to-door.
• Always trick-or-treat in groups. Children should always be accompanied by an adult when they go out trick-or-treating. It's a great way to spend time with family and enjoy everything the holiday has to offer. Teens may want to go with friends. If so, plan a route and make them carry a fully charged smartphone in case they get separated from the group.
• Check Halloween candy carefully. Treat kids to a Halloween snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they gather before you have a chance to inspect it. Teach children never to eat treats in packages that have been opened, show pinholes or have other damage. And remember, always avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.
• Know where to look for help. Teach children to find a police officer or a red Rogers van if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating.
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