SACRAMENTO – Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for kids, but can be a concerning one for parents. Between classroom parties, haunted houses and trick-or treating around the neighborhood, there are many concerns regarding children’s safety.
“Halloween is a fun holiday for children and families, and should be enjoyed while keeping a few safety tips in mind. This a good time for parents and guardians to model and reinforce some valuable safety practices,” said California State PTA Vice President for Health & Community Concerns Shereen Walter.
To ensure a fun and safe holiday, California State PTA suggests the following tips from Safekids.org:
- Walk Safely – Use cross walks, walk on sidewalks instead of the street and always check before crossing
- Watch Your Child – Children under 12 shouldn’t trick-or-treat alone, and older children should stick to familiar well-lit areas
- Check Candy– Once your child is done trick-or-treating, be sure to check all candy. Look for unusual appearance or discoloration, tears in wrappers, unwrapped items or anything that appears spoiled.
- Keep Costumes Safe – Wear light colors and use fun reflective tape to decorate your child’s costume. Have kids carry glow sticks so they can be seen by drivers
- Drive Safely – Drive slowly in residential areas and take extra time to look out for kids at intersections, medians or curbs.
For more information on California State PTA’s steps for children’s safety, visit www.capta.org/safety.