8 Halloween safety tips
The sun can't set early enough on October 31st -- the kids are out the door as fast as possible. You want them to enjoy Halloween, but you also want to be sure they're safe. Here are some pointers for making sure your kids enjoy the holiday as safely as possible.
Back in the olden days (when we were kids) the world was a safer place. Sure, we worried a little about razor blades in apples, but our urban legends don't hold a candle to what's out there today.
High tech protectionFortunately, there are ways to keep your kids safe. Trip Wakefield, CEO of ThinAir Wireless advises parents to download the Peace of Mind (POM) Offender Locator, an iPhone app which quickly and accurately pinpoints sexual offenders in any neighborhood. "You can do a quick scan for registered sex offenders in the neighborhood, before heading out to go trick-or-treating," he says.
Old-fashioned safetyOf course, with small children, no technology is a substitute for close parental supervision. It's important to talk to your kids before trick-or-treating starts to help them understand the rules. Let them know that you'll only visit lit houses in neighborhoods you know well. Walk only on sidewalks, and don't cut across dark driveways or yards.
Tips for tweensThose tween years are a difficult time. You have kids who think they're old enough to go out on their own. You want to encourage their independence, but you need them to be safe. What can you do? Here are a few tips.
- Give your tween a cell phone and instruct him to check in every 15 minutes.
- Drive your tween around. Let him walk up and down the blocks without you, but stay close by in the car.
- Make sure your tween's costume is visible. Use reflective tape if necessary.
- Instruct your kids not to eat any homemade goods, and have them bring all candy home for a quick inspection before eating anything.