Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
For more information on Halloween safety
Halloween Food Safety Tips Help your children have a safe Halloween, from the food they eat to the parties they attend, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Halloween Safety Tips Stay safe this Halloween with safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Intuitive Technologies has launched a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter (http://bit.ly/WheresieKickstarter) for its new wearable child safety device called Wheresie. The campaign is designed to raise not only funding, but also awareness, of the important issues surrounding preventable accidents for children under age five. Developed by Dr. Wyche T. Coleman, an ophthalmologic surgeon and new father, Wheresie is a virtual leash that keeps a child connected to his or her parent or caregiver at all times through bluetooth technology and smartphone application, which sounds an immediate alert if the child becomes separated from a safe distance for any reason (such as being left in a hot car unintentionally, running off without being seen, or falling into a backyard pool).
“As soon as I learned my wife was pregnant, I started searching for a solution to prevent these kinds of accidents,” said Coleman. “Seemingly harmless everyday places like swimming pools, car seats and shopping malls can be very dangerous if a child becomes separated from his or her parent or caregiver, and it can happen in a split second to even the best of us under the right circumstances.”
Particularly on the heels of a number of recent high profile (and preventable) accidents involving young children left in hot cars, the public will have an opportunity to get involved in the movement to help prevent accidents and to help keep children safe – whether they’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, babysitter, neighbor, or caregiver – through the new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Wheresie. The fundraising effort, which has been set up with an initial goal of $100,000, will help bring this important safety device to market with the first round of production. Donors can become an active part of improving children’s safety in their own communities and all across the world with various contribution and reward levels.
“The peace of mind Wheresie can provide a parent or a caregiver is truly priceless,” Coleman adds. “We cannot possibly keep up with the constant movement of curious toddlers at all times, and having a little extra help from technology is a beautiful thing, even for the most attentive parent.”
How Wheresie Works:
Wheresie acts as a “virtual leash” that clips onto a child’s clothing or shoe and connects a parent or caregiver via low energy bluetooth technology (BLE) and the Wheresie application (for iPhone 4s, 5, 5C, 5S).
Wheresie immediately alerts caregivers if the safe proximity distance (preset in the app by the parent or caregiver) has been broken for any reason.
The proximity alert helps prevent accidents, such as a child getting lost or accidentally falling into a swimming pool, by alerting everyone associated with the child (whether they’re with them at the time or not) of the disconnection.
For parents of infants to pre-k children, Wheresie provides peace of mind, allowing them to feel confident that their child is close and safe with whomever is caring for them. Through the Wheresie app, they can see who the child is with at all times and receive alerts when the child is handed off to a new caregiver or if the connection is broken.
The device has been designed and engineered in accordance with CPSIA compliance standards and will have an estimated delivery date of spring 2015
To learn more about how Wheresie works, check out this brief video:
Developed by Intuitive Technologies and Dr. Wyche T. Coleman, Wheresie is the smart clip that helps you monitor your child’s safety. A wireless device that clips onto a child’s clothing or shoe and connects them to a parent or caregiver via bluetooth technology with a smartphone application, Wheresie acts as a virtual leash that immediately alerts caregivers if the safe proximity distance has been broken for any reason. Wheresie is being developed with an estimated availability date of spring 2015. Intuitive Technologies has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, where members of the public can help fund the first round of production of Wheresie and help bring the device to market. Donors may make contributions at various reward levels and become an active part of improving children’s safety in their own communities and all across the world. To learn more about the Wheresie mission or to donate, click here http://bit.ly/WheresieKickstarter.
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