Childproof Your Home Before Your Baby Starts Crawling

Oct 1, 2009 at 3:06 am |
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Childproof Your Home Before Your Baby Starts Crawling

Halloween is a chock full of family fun when proper safety measures are taken. Here are a few simple tips that don’t take the treat out of the trick to having an accident-free holiday.

Practice Fire Safety

Keep a look out for costumes and accessories labeled “flame resistant.” According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), such products not only resist burning but also snuff out quickly if they get too close to a flickering jack o’ lantern. When decorating your home refrain from allowing exposed flames in paper lanterns.

Keep Your Child on His Feet

When choosing or creating a costume, make sure it’s short enough to allow your child to walk with ease. If you’ve borrowed a costume that’s too long, sew or tape a quick hem at the bottom, or hike up the costume with a secure belt. Be on shoelace alert, too, and double-tie them before going out. Remind your child to watch out for pumpkins and other decorations on neighbors’ steps and porches, since these can also pose a tripping hazard.

Make Sure He Stays Visible

Hitting the trick-or-treat trail while it’s still light outside is a great idea for young kids. Most cities host a Halloween trick-or-treating event. If you and your child will be out after dark, it’s a good idea to decorate his costume with strips of bright reflector tape (available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores). The tape will make him visible to cars and help you keep him in sight when he’s thronged by trick-or-treaters. Carry a small flashlight, too — it’ll come in handy for negotiating long walkways and dimly lit doorways. Glow sticks and glow in the dark jewelry are great fun too. Pass them out to the kids so you can keep an easier eye on them.

Pass on Masks

Masks can make it hard for your child to see, breathe and cause limited vision. Be creative and safe by offering to paint his face with nontoxic makeup instead.

Candy Care

Before letting your child dig into his Halloween loot, scrutinize the treats for evidence of tampering. Carefully examine each wrapper to make sure there are no pinpricks or signs of opening. In addition, accept homemade treats only from neighbors you know, and cut up fruit before serving it. Even though your little one may have a mouth full of teeth, some candies are still a choking hazard. Keep an eye on them while snacking!

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Childproof Your Home Before Your Baby Starts Crawling Halloween is a chock full of family fun when proper safety measures are taken. Here are a few simple tips that don’t take the treat out of the trick to having an accident-free holiday. Practice Fire Safety Keep a look out for costumes and accessories labeled “flame […]