NC – It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of Halloween, but once the sugar rush sets in, kids can forget some of the safety rules they’ve learned. If we think about a few precautions now, however, this popular October event can be a safe and happy experience for the whole family. Even local companies are chipping in to help.
“This year, the Rogers Pumpkin Patrol celebrates 30 years of helping to provide a safe night for trick-or-treaters and to give parents peace of mind,” says Patricia Trott, public affairs director at Rogers Communications. “Since 1984, thanks to the dedication of hundreds of our employees and volunteers, the Pumpkin Patrol has been patrolling communities across Canada in red Rogers vans to offer any assistance needed to ghosts, ghouls, goblins – and their parents.”
Here are some Pumpkin Patrol tips to keep trick-or-treaters as safe as possible:
• Ensure costumes are not a hazard. Make sure all fabric is flame resistant – and trim hems so your child won’t trip. Masks can be a popular choice among kids but some may obstruct their vision or breathing. Paint their face with makeup instead; it’s easy and you may find everything you need in your cosmetics drawer.
• Make sure children can be seen. Visibility is an important safety consideration. Black is a popular choice for costumes but it’s not the safest. Try to choose bright colors when possible and accent your child’s costume with reflective tape and glow-in-the-dark bracelets and other jewelry. Give them a flashlight so they can see and be seen.
• Always trick-or-treat in groups. Children should always be accompanied by an adult. This is a great way to spend time with family and enjoy everything the holiday has to offer. If your teen wants to go with friends instead, agree on a route and the time they need to be home. Give them a fully charged smartphone in case they get separated from the group or need to call you.
• Inspect Halloween candy. Treat kids to a snack before they head out so that they are less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to inspect it. Teach children never to eat treats in packages that have been opened or show pinholes or other damage. And remember, always avoid homemade treats or fruit unless they are from a family member or close friend.
• Know where to look for help. Teach children to find a police officer or a red Rogers van if they are lost or need help while trick-or-treating. These vans will be patrolling communities starting at dusk on October 31.