It's finally time for trick-or-treating, but before you
start getting your costumes on to head out the door tonight, here are some
important safety tips to remember.
traffic rules with your kids before you head out trick-or-treating
"Kids get excited and they need to make sure that if they
are crossing the street to do it at the corners and to make sure that they are
looking both ways before they cross. The motorists in the area need to make
sure they are paying attention and probably driving a little slower," said Officer
Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department.
outside after dark, make sure you're still visible to drivers
"Make sure they have flash lights and if you have to add
those little flashlights to their costumes or those glow sticks are really
handy for that because they are excited so we want to make sure everybody sees
them so it's an added layer of security for that," Division Chief Jeff Helm
with Sioux Falls Fire & Rescue.
trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult
homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.
Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing
traffic to stay safe.
you get into costume, test any makeup or face paint on a small area of
skin for any kind of allergic reaction.
wear over-the-counter decorative contacts with your costume. Any colored
contact should be prescribed by an Optometrist
lots of layers, gloves and hats with costumes
you're wearing flame-resistant, well-fitting costumes, masks and shoes to
avoid trips or falls.
walk near lit candles or luminaries
it comes to candy, parents should go through trick-or-treating bags to
make sure all candy is unopened and safely packaged before allowing kids
to eat any.
child has allergies, be sure to read the labels before giving them new
should monitor just how much candy kids are eating over the next few days.
"It's a holiday so I think its ok
for them to have some of that candy. I think maybe trying to have some
dispersed throughout the family where maybe you eat some and dad and other kids
and then maybe having one for a snack in the afternoon and one in the evening
is ok. Just not allowing them to just sit down and eat that whole bag of candy
at one time," said Dr. Kimberly Hanseen, DO, a Family Practice Doctor at AVera McGreevy.
recommend brushing teeth after eating candy; even rinsing out your mouth
with some water will help wash away some of the sugar
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