Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween is a fun and exciting time for many children. The thought of dressing up in costumes and going door to door for candy is a thrill that many kids don’t want to pass up. Before you send your children off into the night, here are some safety tips to keep in mind so you can rest easy.

Be reflective at all times

Trick-or-treating is often done after dark, so it’s important to carry a flashlight in order to walk around safely. Children should have some type of reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark item some place on their costumes. This will ensure that passing cars will see them when they cross streets. They should also stick to the sidewalk. Stay safe and out of the road by using the sidewalks. Cross the street with adults and always use a designated crosswalk area.

Avoid upset stomachs

Make sure everyone eats a well-balanced meal before trick-or-treating. If children do not eat before they go out, they end up eating a lot of sugary candy or treats when they come home. This often leads to stomach aches.

Only Trick-or-Treat at lit houses

It may not be common, but there are residents who don’t wish to participate in trick-or-treating. They will often leave their lights off. If you see a house without a porch light on, respect them by not going to their house. If you are driving children to neighborhoods in your Newnan Chevy, be sure to drive slowly.

Don’t let children go alone

Children under the age of 12 should always be compained by an adult. Parents should have a pre-planned trick-or-treating route for kids to avoid unknown areas and ones that are not well lit. Always travel in a group.

Dress properly

This means avoiding costumes that are long or drag on the ground. These can get snagged on bushes or trip the wearer. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing high heels or difficult to walk in shoes.

End of the night inspection

Always inspect the candy before eating it or giving it to the children. If any candy looks tampered with or the wrapper is torn, throw it away. Avoid eating homemade goods that aren’t properly sealed unless you know the neighbor who gave it to you.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween from SouthTowne Motors.

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