QUAD TOWN Vol. 46 No. 39 October 25, 2011
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Halloween is upon us and the children are thinking, “What should I be for Halloween? Should I be a monster, an angel, princess, a firefighter, or a police officer?” Whatever the answer is the most important thing the child should be is safe. Here are some safety tips for choosing a costume, trick or treating and home decorations, as well as trick or treaters’ manners.
Have a costume that can be seen in the dark. If your costume cannot be seen in the dark, use some reflective tape or a flashlight.
If you find that it is hard to see or move in your costume, let your parents or adult supervision know so that they can make the proper adjustments.
Stay with your parents or adult supervision do not run ahead.
If you are old enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, stay in groups and make sure, your parents know your route and have a way of getting a hold of you.
Trick-or-treat in a neighborhood that is known to you and only go to the houses that have a light on.
Walk on the sidewalks; do not cut through yards or driveways.
Do not eat your treats unless, your parents have inspected them.
Do not enter any strangers’ homes.
Stay away from any animals.
Parents' Safety Tips
Go over the safety rules with your children before going out trick-or-treating. The sooner you begin going over the safety rules, the better the children will do in following them.
Make sure your children have dinner before going out. They will be less tempted to eat the treats if they are well fed.
A trusted adult should supervise all young children. The children will follow the example of their supervision, not the rules.
When picking out a costume for your child make sure that:\
It is flame-retardant.
Your child can move freely with it on.
It does not obstruct their vision.
It can be seen in the dark.
Any props such as knives, swords, etc. should be flexible to avoid injuries.
An adult should inspect all treats. If anything looks questionable throw it away.
If your children are older and go out on their own:
You should know where they are going.
Have a method of contacting them.
Your children should have a method of contacting you.
You should have a specified time that they should arrive home.
Homeowners' Safety Tips
Make sure that your yard is clear of obstructions and you have a clear path for the children.
Have your pets in a place that they do not get frightened and that your pet does not frighten the children.
Make sure that any Halloween props you have are set up in a safe manner:
If you are using anything electrical, make sure that the wires are properly covered so no one will trip on them.
If you are using candles make sure that they are set up in a place so the children's costumes or any other props will not catch on fire and no one will get burned.
Choose treats that are completely sealed to give to the children. If you are looking for a healthier choice of treats, you can find single serving size treats that are completely sealed such as popcorn, cereal, crackers, etc. You also have the option of giving non-food treats, such as stickers, pencils, party goods, etc.
Trick - or - Treaters' Manners
Use respect by saying thank you to the homeowner giving out treats.
Use respect, self-control and self-discipline when a homeowner holds out a basket of candy: only take the amount of candy that you are told to take. If the homeowner does not say how much to take, only take one.
Use self-discipline by following the safety rules without having to be reminded.
Use respect for the homeowner by walking on the sidewalk.
Use self-control by not eating your treats when an adult has not inspected your treats.
Use respect, self-control and self-discipline by staying away from the homeowners' Halloween decorations.
These safety tips are compliments of Academy of Kempo Martial Arts. For a
printout of this information and a special Halloween Treat visit
www.academyofkempo.com, or you may call the
Academy at 203 288-9990. Have Fun and Be Safe.
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