Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Safety

There are a number of things to consider in order to protect your child or grandchild from harm this Halloween.

1. Visibility.

Remember to remind your child or grandchild regarding what is obvious to you but not necessarily to him or her. It's dark outside and motorists may have difficulty seeing your "goblin" in the dark. For that reason having the children "marked" with reflective tape and/or glow sticks and flashlights is one way to help protect them by making them more visible to motorists. It's also a good idea to talk with them about safety concerning crossing the street, i.e., look both ways before crossing and give adequate time for motorists to see and react to you. Wait for the car to pass or completely stop before crossing in front of traffic.

2. Masks

Inspect the child's mask. If necessary, take a pair of scissiors and enlarge the holes provided for eyes and the nose to help the child see better and/or breathe.

3. Supervise

Don't allow small children to go trick or treating without the supervision of an adult. Strange things happen when children are unsupervised.

4. Check your local registry of Sex Offenders

Many police agencies post on their websites the registration of local sex offenders. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Offenders are required in most states to keep their porch light off and not to receive trick or treaters but some offenders are not compliant. Knowing where they live and steering clear of those registered is another way to help keep your child or grandchild safe on Halloween. For example, the Ada County Sheriff (of Idaho) has posted a website listing all registered offenders in the county. See, e.g.,

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you or a family member have been injured or damaged due to the fault or responsibility of someone else, an industrial accident or by a dangerous or defective product, drug or toxic substance, contact Alan Morton for a no obligation, free consultation.

For additional information contact:

Alan L. Morton
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Telephone: 208.344.5555
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 [866.WIN.1.NOW]
Facsimile: 208.342.2509

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