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Halloween is just a few days away and we are all really excited to celebrate. The girls have been talking about Halloween since just after Easter. Can you blame them? Halloween is such a fun celebration for kids and parents alike.
This year Ava decided she wanted to be a witch for Halloween and Keira is to be her familiar – a black cat. Ava has been practising her witches’ cackle, and Keira has mastered her meow. We’ve got their costumes and bags ready too.
The most important thing we have done in preparation though is to tackle all the potential safety concerns that come with travelling in the dark at night. My kids are too young to be going out by themselves but we are still careful to ensure they are safe. Especially because little Ava is a runner and very independent. A good start towards ensuring their safety is to provide your kids with flashlights powered by Duracell batteries to light their way and by sticking some reflective tape onto their costumes.
We also switched over to battery powered candles inside our Jack-o-lanterns a few years ago. For one thing they last far longer than a tea-light, the light is brighter for a spookier glow and it is a far safer option.
I trust Duracell batteries to provide long-lasting power when it matters most, so I know I can depend on them to help us stay safe this Halloween whether they are powering our flashlights or our décor.
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs has some recommendations for keeping your family safe this Halloween:
• Dangerous Décor: Jack-o-lanterns maybe a time-honored tradition, but they also represent a fire hazard. Instead of using a candle, place small flashlight or battery powered candle inside of the Jack-o-lantern. Using a long lasting battery like a Duracell Coppertop Battery will help keep them powered all night long.
• Don’t Blow It: When it comes to powering Halloween decorations, it’s easy to go overboard. But overloading extension cords and breakers is a fire hazard and will ruin the night. Be mindful of the decorations being used and when possible, opt for battery powered.
• Costume Considerations: When selecting this year’s Halloween costume, pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
• Light the way: Make sure everyone in the Halloween trick-or-treating party has a flashlight and trust that on Halloween they will have the power to light their way home with a Duracell Coppertop Battery. This will help make kids more visible to motorists and others. When is doubt, stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes with their lights turned on
• Strength in Numbers: While always advised to have a parent present, at some point kids will want to trick-or-treat on their own. Give yourself peace of mind and make sure there is a party of at least three people.
• Know the Route: The temptation to collect as much candy as possible is understandable, but ill-advised. The safest option is to limit trick-or-treating to well-known neighbourhoods.
• Quality Control: Make sure kids resist the urge to sample the spoils of trick-or-treating until an adult has inspected the candy to see if it has been tampered with.
By keeping these precautions in mind and by relying on the long-lasting power of Duracell Batteries you can enjoy a safer and more enjoyable Halloween.
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Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Duracell, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!