5 Tips for Checking Halloween Candy
Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and kicks off the first official holiday where candy is readily available everywhere. In order to ensure a safe night of trick-or-treating, parents should be aware of what dangers still trouble our neighborhoods. Although rare, finding candy that has been tampered with is still a problem. As parents, we need to teach our children what to look out for when accepting candy from strangers. Here are some tips for checking Halloween candy after you trick-or-treat.
- Don’t snack while trick-or-treating. To eliminate the risk of injury, wait until you’re home to inspect the candy.
- Tell your children not to accept anything that isn’t commercially wrapped
- Remove hard candies that are choking hazards. These include:
– and be careful not to confuse toys with candy
- Inspect candy thoroughly. Here’s how:
– Look for unusual appearance or discoloration
– Look for tears in the wrappers or tiny pinholes
– Avoid unwrapped candy
-Toss out homemade baked goods unless you know who gave them to you
- When in doubt, just throw it out
Trick-or-treating can be a fun activity to do on Halloween but there are other dangers to watch out for. Here are some extra tips for a safe night of trick-or-treating.
- Put your electronics down and be aware of your surroundings.
- Be sure to use traffic signals and crosswalks at street corners.
- Always walk on sidewalks and not on the street.
- Choose light colors for costumes or add reflective tape to them.
- Wear face paint instead of masks.
- Drive slow and be alert of children in the area.
- Don’t allow your phone to be a distraction.
- Turn your headlines on even in the early hours of trick-or-treating.
- Take extra time to double check streets, intersections, rearview mirror, and your blind spots.
Have a fun, safe, and Happy Halloween!