Tips to Stay Safe While You Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!
As a company committed to the safety of children, we want to ensure that our young philanthropists going door-to-door to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF keep in mind the following safety tips:
Kids should never Trick-or-Treat far from home or alone, remembering to always Trick-or-Treat in groups and stay together. And, until parents are comfortable with a child's street sense, they should not go without adult supervision.
Teach kids to only Trick-or-Treat at houses that are well lit.
Children should only accept treats at the door and be told to never accept invitations to enter a stranger's home.
Ensure kids cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Teach kids to avoid main roads and other heavy-traffic areas, remembering to never cross in between parked cars.
Remind kids to look left, right and left again for oncoming cars, before and while crossing the street.
Children should walk, not run, when crossing the street. They should never dart out into the street or play in the road.
Teach kids to always walk on paths or sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks or paths, they should walk facing road traffic, staying as far to the left side of the road as possible.
When searching for a costume that is fun, and safe, keep in mind that wearing bright-colored clothing and retro-reflective materials help children appear much more visible to drivers.
Kids should carry a flashlight, in addition to wearing retro-reflective materials, when Trick-or-Treating after dark.
Children should wear face paint or a mask with large enough openings for a child's eyes and mouth to ensure clear eyesight and airways.
When searching for a costume that is festive, and safe, look for one that is appropriate for a child's height and short enough to prevent the possibility of tripping. Ensure that a child's choice of footwear is sturdy.
Thoroughly inspect all Halloween treats before a child eats them. Safe, tasty treats are worth the wait.
*Tips were compiled in partnership with Safe Kids USA. To find out more about Safe Kids USA, please visit Toysrus.com/Safety.