Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe During Halloween (Part I)

Children love Halloween and as their parents, we love seeing their excitement but, it’s important to keep them safe.

For many children, Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year and it’s easy to know why. After all, when else do children get to dress up as their favorite character, get lots of candy, and stay up past their bedtime?

But for parents who want to be sure of a safe holiday, Halloween dangers seem to be lurking around each corner. Don’t get caught up in urban legends and sensationalized stories about sharp, dangerous objects buried in candy or criminals driving around among the children. The real danger on Halloween is motor vehicle accidents involving young children.

According to studies, kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. That’s scary news, but parents can proactively prep their little Halloween ghosts and goblins to practice pedestrian safety on Halloween night. Take action with the below tips.

Create a plan for trick-or-treating
Halloween can bring logistical problems for parents with little ones. You need to pass out treats and escort your young children as they go through the neighborhood for candy. It can be tempting to send children out to trick-or-treat on their own, but if your children are under the age of 12, an adult should always go with them.

Need a resolution if mom and dad can’t divide and conquer? Get a sitter or a trusted individual to pass out candy or call on a trusted neighborhood parent who is willing to handle a group of trick-or-treaters. For kids over 12 who are responsible enough to trick-or-treat without an adult chaperone, it’s vital that they travel in a group and stick to well-lit, familiar areas. Parents: Plan in advance with your children, define trick-or-treat boundaries and set expectations about behavior, curfew, and safety.

 

 

Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part IV)

The drop-side crib feature is no longer considered safe.

When your baby can push up, you have to remove pillows, bumpers, and toys from the crib, including toys that are hung across the playpen or crib. Your infant can step on these things or use them to get out of the crib and injure him or herself.

Note: In 2011, a new crib safety standard did away with the choice of having one side of the crib drop down since this drop-side feature caused numerous infant deaths. If you purchase a new crib, this will not be a problem. Though a crib built before 2012 may have the drop-side “feature” risk built-in. You can reduce the risk in an older crib if you can permanently screw the drop-side into the end posts so the drop-side can’t drop down any longer.

Other helpful tips:

Use plastic inserts to cover electric outlet openings that are not being used.

Keep firearms out of the home. If guns are in the home, unload them, put them in a locked place, and keep the keys out of your child’s reach. Put the gun in a separate spot from the bullets.

When your baby is placed on anything above the ground, like a changing table, always be nearby with your hand on your infant.

Things to consider

Don’t keep toys on the top of a tall dresser or upper shelf of a bookcase. Your child might climb the furniture to get the toy and fall.

Don’t put a tablecloth on your table. Your child could pull on the cloth and fall. Also, items from the table then could fall onto your little one.

Keep cigarettes and alcohol out of reach.

Keep plastic bags away from little ones.

Lock lighters and matches in a cabinet that is taller than your shoulders.

Keep Your Home Safe for Your Baby (Part II)

A kitchen is a place of many dangers to the tiny humans in your home. Here are some tips on how to keep them safe.

Kitchen

Rotate pot handles to the back of the stove.

Use the back burners on the stove for cooking.

Keep hot drinks and foods out of reach and away from the edge of a table or counter.

Keep sharp objects and knives locked up or in childproof cabinets and drawers.

Keep appliance cords wind up and out of reach.

Put latches on cabinet drawers to keep your little one from opening them. This will also help to stop your little one from smashing her or his fingers between the cabinet when closing it.

Throughout the house

Keep vitamins, cleaning supplies, medicine, and other poisons in locked cabinets. Children can’t differentiate between candy and medicine.

If your child swallows something she or he shouldn’t contact the poison control center ASAP. Keep the telephone number on speed dial in your cell and on your landline.

Houseplants should be put out of your infant’s reach. A few houseplants are toxic. Get in touch with your local poison control center to find out if your plants are harmful.

Use toddler gates at the bottom and top of stairs. Don’t use gates with wide spaces between the slats. Little ones can get stuck in the openings.

Put doorknob covers on doors that lead to the basement, garage, attic, or outdoors. This will aid in preventing your child from going where he or she isn’t supposed to.

Keep children away from windows to stop accidental falls. Screens are for keeping bugs out, not to keep little ones in. Use window guards to keep your young children from falling out. Keep furniture, especially chairs, away from windows so little ones can’t climb up. If possible, have windows in your home that open from the top, not the bottom.