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Halloween Safety

With Halloween just a few days away, youngsters across the Greater DC area are eagerly anticipating the happy convergence of make believe, dress up, and, of course, the sugar rush!

Safety of our young trick-or-treating friends is of utmost importance, so we wanted to share some tips from the CDC on how to keep little ones safe on this much-anticipated holiday.

  • Take care with costumes that require fake weapons. They should be very obviously fake, as well as safe. For instance short, soft, and flexible swords will be less likely to cause accidental injury in a fall.
  • Look for costumes that are flame retardant. Keep costumes, especially capes and any loosely-fitting components away from open flame.
  • Remember there is safety in numbers. Small children should be accompanied by an adult. Older kids, if not accompanied by an adult, should travel as a group.
  • Consider adding a reflective surface to costumes, especially those that are dark colors. For instance reflective tape or the addition of glow sticks or other lighting will help make kids more visible to cars.
  • Don’t let your kids consume treats until you have inspected them. Look for signs of tampering, choking hazards, or any other safety issues.
  • Avoid home-made treats, unless they come from someone you know and trust.
  • Take care with store-bought makeup. Kids with sensitive skin may break out in a rash, so test it in a small, concealed area before applying to the face. Make sure you remove the make-up as soon as possible.
  • Make sure kids observe street safety. Use crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Look both ways before crossing the street. If possible, stay on sidewalks and avoid alleys, dimly lit areas, or walking in the street.
  • For adults who may be driving during trick-or-treat hours, stay alert for kids, and drive more carefully than usual. Especially be wary of kids who may dart in between parked cars or out of driveways.
  • Never enter the home of a stranger. Stay outside, unless you personally know the homeowner.
  • Stay away from homes that do not have the entry-way light on. A darkened doorway may mean that the homeowner is either not home or does not welcome trick-or-treaters.

If you are looking for local events around Washington DC to make your Halloween extra special, here is a resource from Destination DC.

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Halloween! When it is time to sell or buy a home, having a local team you can rely on will make the process a smooth one. Call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market. ADMC Realty Group happily serves the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. From start to finish, we’re here to help with all your Real estate needs. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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