Trick or Treat! Halloween Safety Tips
If you have kids in the house, they’re probably giddy with excitement about putting on a costume and visiting all of your neighbors to get sugary sweets. In order to help you prepare for this momentous occasion, here are a few tips for you and your little ghouls and goblins:
- Make sure costumes are safe before you leave the house. Nothing should drag on the ground (it’s a tripping hazard) and children should be easily visible with reflective gear or bright colors.
- Plan out your route ahead of time, and choose a safe, well-lit path that will eventually lead you back home. Kids should wear comfortable shoes for the long walk.
- To avoid dehydration, adults that accompany children should carry drinks along with their flashlights.
- If any of the children in your group has a food allergy, be on the lookout for houses with a Teal Pumpkin – that is the signal that the house offers non-food treats.
- Check your child’s candy when you get home. Throw away homemade treats, or anything that looks like the original wrapper has been tampered with.
And remember – Halloween can be unpredictable. Make sure that your home is ready for any and all ‘tricks’ that befall it by calling your home insurance agent to assess your protection. After all, there is a major liability risk when inviting many young children into your home and giving them candy. If you’re handing out candy, clear walkways of all tripping hazards, turn on all outdoor lights, and keep pets away from the spooky visitors.