Friday, October 31, 2014

Single Father's SAFE HALLOWEEN

The Incredibles, sort of.
While I acknowledge there exists differing opinion about celebrating Halloween, I think Halloween can be one of the most enjoyable family holidays. This is particularly true for (single) parents/fathers when the kids are younger. Still, when there are thousands of children walking around wearing costumes and masks that may impede their vision and sharing the streets with motorists, well, it’s just a time that safety is more important than ever.

Rather than creating my own list of Halloween safety tips, I’m just going to borrow a list created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heck, it's my taxes that pays for this kind of stuff. Here goes:

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
They're only children one time.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Another Halloween and couldn't find a costume.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

·         Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

·         Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.

·         Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.

·         Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.

·         Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Happy Halloween, Single Fathers. (And, everyone else, too!)