Monday, October 24, 2011

On the Trick-or-Treat Trail: Halloween Night Safety Tips

Halloween is only a week awa! And there is plenty for you and your family to do in Austin, from festivals to Halloween parties. All of this can be fun, but also a little worrisome for parents. So before you head out the door to enjoy your Halloween festivities take a look at some of our safety tips to help make this an enjoyable Halloween for you and your family:

Safety in numbers: Have a trusted adult with your children at all times. If they are older and are going with friends, know what route they will be taking and have their contact information in case of an emergency. Also, see that at least one person in the group has a charged cell phone that they can use.
Other safety tips:
  • Stay in well lit areas and use sidewalks. Do not take shortcuts across yards or allys.
  • Never go into a stranger's home.
  • Pedestrian injuries are the most common so make sure to communicate where you are going if your group is split up.
  • Stay in well lit areas and use sidewalks if available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
  • Although cold weather in Austin is still a few weeks away, make sure to take a light sweater for you and your kids to help prevent getting sick.
For more Halloween Safety Tips, visit the American Red Cross.

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