Halloween is next week and there will be lots of kiddos running around Dumas in the dark. Take precautions with your kids and make sure they are visible to cars. Here are a few tips:
- Children should be given a flashlight to help them see where they are going in the dark and also to be seen by others easier.
- Consider using face paint instead of masks to help children see to get around better. At least make sure the eye holes are large enough so as not to obstruct their vision.
- Reflective tape can be attached to costumes and clothing to make them more visible as well.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long . A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
- You might want to go out early before total darkness as well to make it safer for your children.
- And put your pets, especially cats, somewhere safe. Unfortunately, people do mean things to animals. Better to be safe as well as protecting kids from animal bites since there will be lots of pet anxiety that night with all the activity.
For the safest environment and a more positive atmosphere, instead of trick or treating, consider bringing your kids to the Fall festival at the Moore County Community Building in Dumas Halloween night. Activities to include bouncy castles, concession foods, games, crazy cardboard maze, free give aways, prizes, & TONS of CANDY!!
Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Serving the Dumas, Texas, Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years. Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment. Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas and like our Facebook business page: Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information. Tory Moore, OD – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”