The holidays are quickly approaching and we here at Maplewood Park Apartments would like to offer you some safety tips to make your holidays more enjoyable. Feel free to stop by Leasing Office to pick up some Halloween treats starting Monday, October 15, 2018!
Trick or Treating Tips:
- Provide adult supervision
Trick or treat is safer – not to mention more fun – in groups, and adult supervision is essential. Get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cellphones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted.
- Stay on the sidewalks
The thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door-to-door. Keep children on the sidewalks, and chaperone them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic.
- Carefully check candy
Check candy for choking hazards like gum and extra hard candies. Throw outany candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers.
Costume safety tips
- Choose bright, visible costumes
When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective tape to the material. Stick some reflective tape on their trick-or-treat bags as well so they can be easily spotted by motorists. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure they’re equipped with a flashlight or glow stick – must-have accessories for any costume.
- Make sure costumes are well-fitted and safe
Being visible isn’t the only safety consideration for a costume. The right fit is just as important. Here’s some advice on keeping your child’s ensemble safe and secure:
- Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes aren’t too big or long
- Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one – it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. You can also op for makeup or face paint as an alternative
- Costumes, wigs and accessories should contain a label indicating they are flame resistant
- Make sure accessories such as swords, canes, or sticks are not sharp or too long
- Makeup safety
If makeup is a part of your child’s Halloween costume plans, make sure it is non-toxic and test it on a small area first. Before your child goes to bed, make sure to remove all makeup.
Home Safety Tips
- Jack-o-lantern safety
Young children can paint or color their pumpkins instead of carving. Or have them draw a face with markers and an adult can do the carving. Use colorful glow sticks inside your Jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent burns.
- Take precaution against pranks and vandalism
Unfortunately, vandalism often increases during Halloween. That’s why taking these precautions is a good idea:
- If you’re going away during Halloween, make it seem like you’re still home by turning down the volume of your answering machine and phone, and leaving your curtains in normal positions with valuables out of sight.