Great Expressions Shares 4 Tips to Enjoy a Safe Halloween
Are you one of the 75% of parents that has Halloween safety fear? 75%! Even though that number is incredibly high, only 33% of parents talk to their kids annually about Halloween. As Halloween approaches, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC) wants to ensure the safest Halloween night ever.
4 Tips to Enjoy a Safe Halloween:
- Light up! The best way to avoid injuries is to ensure your children are visible to those around you. Only 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s Halloween costumes, even though it’s the best way to ensure this.
- The more the merrier! Only 12% of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone. The best way to ensure a safe Halloween is to get a group together and spend the evening with them, parents included. Safety in numbers.
- Refresh on general safety steps. Children are twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year. Remind your children to look both ways before crossing the street and to stick to walking on sidewalks as they bounce from house to house.
- Brush your teeth! Cavities are scary, too. Avoid sugary and chewy candies – especially those with caramel. Instead, select a few pieces of candy to eat in one sitting, rather than munching all day. This limits the amount of time that the sugar is around to help make cavities. No matter how many treats they consume, be sure they brush their teeth immediately following to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
What are your personal safety tips for Halloween? We do not take our kids on traditional Trick or Treating excursions, instead we look for something sponsored by local churches, business events and other things. Typically we enjoy the nursing home/assisted living where my great aunt lives because it is 100% safe, they hand out snacks and candy (so we are not overloaded with just candy) and the elderly people there adore seeing all of the kids in their costumes.