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Kids (and let’s be honest, most adults too!) love the magic of Halloween: especially trick-or-treating. Who doesn’t enjoy all those lovely sweet treats?

However, there is often a fine line between having some Halloween fun and staying safe. We spend our time telling our children about stranger danger and on Halloween we seem to actively encourage them to take sweets from strangers!? How confusing!

 To help ensure adults and children have a safe evening, follow our ghoulishly good safety tips:

* A responsible adult should accompany young children especially when crossing roads.

* If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you with as few road junctions involved as possible. If they have a smartphone, use a location app so you can track their whereabouts. Agree on a specific time children should return home.

* Teach your children to NEVER enter a stranger’s home or car.

* Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

* Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.

* Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision – on paths and on the roads.

* Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or carry glow sticks.

* From a drivers point of view; Watch for children walking on roads and kerbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

* Wear appropriate footwear – puddles and slippery autumn leaves are no place for your new Jimmy Choo’s or Italian men’s leather brogues.

* Try and keep to paths and walkways.

* Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. You don’t want them choking or having an allergic reaction to something and going into Anaphylactic shock.

* When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first to test for allergies. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

* ALL costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.

This list of checks is by no means exhaustive and each environment will have its own dangers and cautions to be aware of.

Above all, use your common sense – if something seems potentially dangerous, it probably is, so take action.

In the event of someone injuring themselves could you deal with it? If not, then why not come and learn basic first-aid. Our 1-day ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ course can help you develop the skills necessary to become a competent and confident First Aider. Alternatively, throughout the year we regularly run FREE 2 hour infant and child resuscitation courses at our premises in Warmley, Bristol and is open to anyone interested in learning these valuable and potentially lifesaving skills. In October 2018 it’son the 23rd so perfect timing for Halloween

We hope these tips help and you have a fun (and safe) Halloween.

The Acorn Team