Halloween Safety Tips from LifeCare®

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This release shares tips to help parents keep their children safe while trick-or-treating.

Shelton, CT, October 1, 2009 -- In recognition of October's designation as Halloween Safety Month, LifeCare, Inc., is offering the following tips to help parents ensure that their little ghosts and goblins remain safe as they go trick-or-treating.

Costume Safety

  • Make or purchase costumes using flame-resistant materials.
  • Make sure children wear light-colored clothing to maximize visibility to motorists. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and treat bags.
  • To prevent falls and tripping, costumes should not be too baggy or too long. Shoes should fit well and be comfortable, even if they don't match the costume.
  • Avoid masks and opt for face paint instead. Masks can make it difficult for your child to see cars when crossing the street and obstructions in his or her path.
  • Do not allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.

Young Children

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
  • Take younger children trick-or-treating in familiar neighborhoods early in the evening, when conditions are lighter and less hectic.
  • Don't allow children to eat any candy along the way. Wait until you get home so you can inspect the treats for tampering in good lighting. (It might help to feed children dinner just before going out so they'll be less hungry and not as tempted to eat the candy before getting home.)
  • Carry a flashlight and wear light-colored clothing yourself with reflective tape.

Older Children

  • If you feel that your children are mature enough to trick-or-treat without adult supervision, make sure you discuss safety rules prior to their leaving.
  • Have your child wear a watch and return home by an agreed-upon time.
  • Instruct children to stay on sidewalks, avoid cutting across dark yards or driveways, and obey traffic rules.
  • Ensure that children visit only homes that are well-lit. Tell them to never enter a stranger’s home, stick to familiar neighborhoods and stay on an established route.
  • Instruct children to stay with a buddy or a group of friends. (Know the names of the other children that your child is with and how to reach their parents.)
  • Make sure children carry a flashlight.
  • Make sure your child has the means to call home (a cell phone, a calling card, change for a payphone or teach your child how to call collect).
  • Have your child save all candy until she/he gets home so it can be inspected for tampering.

About LifeCare®, Inc.:
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello, 203-291-3756

This press release was distributed through PR Web by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company
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