Halloween just days away, you're probably coming up with ways to have some holiday fun with your family. Along with picking out cute costumes, loading up on Halloween goodies, and delving into some creative holiday crafts with your kids, you may be planning on trick-or-treating. Make this a safe and stress-free evening with your kids by abiding by these safety guidelines brought to your by the safety experts at Amber Alert GPS.
Light the way
It's best if your child’s costume is a light colour, but if it isn’t have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick to help her safely stand-out. Want to get creative? Incorporate light into your child’s costume with light up jewellery or reflective tape around an accessory (like fairy wings, belts or even your child’s treat bucket).
Make sure to remove any candy that isn’t packaged or may present a choking hazard (such as peanuts or small hard candy). To save yourself time sifting through your kids' candy haul when you first get home, bring along a second bag on your when trick-or-treating. This second bag will is where you can deposit “safe” candy that only include treats from houses of people that you know well.
Pick and stick to your route
For smaller kids, have a plan in place before you leave the house. Make a fun map together of houses where family and friends live, marking off each house you visit throughout the evening. If your family is planning to split up for the night, make sure to plan to trick or treat in groups that stay together, and set up a meeting place before you start trick-or-treating. Always ensure you have your mobile phone and it is fully charged. If your child is a tween or teen and would rather go out with friends, make sure your child has a fully charged mobile phone, and consider using a child tracking device or app, such as Amber Alert GPS, so you can easily check-in throughout the night.
Safe ghoulish getups
All costumes should be flame-retardant and not too long or oversized, and don’t forget about your child’s costume accessories; make sure any wands, swords or sticks are not too long or inflexible, as they could cause injury should your child trip or fall. Any costumes with masks should still allow your child to see easily.
With lots of people out and about on October 31st, ensuring you stay safe while outdoors is especially important. Make sure you and your group stays on footpaths, walks facing traffic and avoid the road, as car traffic may be heavy during Halloween. Only cross the street at designated crosswalks and always make sure to look both ways. Rememer that some car engines are quiet and may appear before you hear them on the road.
Keeping Halloween safe as well as fun is key to having a great holiday and ensuring you create memories with your family and friends that will last a lifetime!
About Amber Alert GPS
Award winning Amber Alert GPS, Inc. is a Utah based provider of mobile tracking and safety solutions for children and families. The company’s founder, Russ Thornton, was motivated to develop the Amber Alert GPS device after a harrowing incident when he lost his young son for 45 minutes at an amusement park. The experience inspired him to develop a product that would not only prevent such incidents from happening, but provide a quick resolution in the event a child did go missing. Amber Alert GPS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alert GPS Holdings, Corp. For more information, visit: www.amberalertgps.com.