10/29/13 - Halloween Safety - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

10/29/13 - Halloween Safety

Thanks to Hillary Clinton's efforts as First Lady, we are all too familiar with the African proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child." That saying has become somewhat of a cliché since the Clinton Administration, but I would really like you to consider its merits, specifically this particular week.

With Halloween this Thursday, many of us will send our children out into the night into areas where people, both children and adults, will be shielding their true identity. We will allow them to knock on strangers' doors asking for treats. It is tradition, and it is fun. However, it can be dangerous if precautions are not taken. We can limit the risk if we all work together. If we act as that proverbial village to guard over our children, we can increase their level of safety this Halloween.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Warn kids not to eat treats before they are examined
  • Make sure, whether you're in costume or not, that your clothing is bright enough to be clearly visible and carry a flashlight.
  • Children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Children should not enter homes or apartments
  • Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and have lights on
  • Finally, don't just watch out for your children, watch out for all children.

The safety and well being of our children should be a high priority every day, but especially during Halloween. Whether you have a Spiderman or a Little Red Riding Hood out trick or treating, do everything you can to have a safe and happy Halloween. Create some lasting memories for you and your kids.

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