October 29, 2015

Keeping your ghouls and ghosts safe – Halloween Safety

Halloween is all about fun and candy, but keeping children safe should be your highest priority.

Here are a few Halloween safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe night.

Costume

  • Avoid costumes that are too long or may cause a tripping hazard
  • Ensure that the mask or any other part of the costume that covers the face does not interfere with vision
  • Ensure wigs, capes or other loose-hanging parts of costumes do not come in contact with open flames from pumpkins or candles
  • Add reflective tape to the costume or have your child wear a glow stick necklace so they are visible in the dark.  Both can be purchased at a dollar store

Trick or Treating

  • Trick or treat in a familiar, well lit area.
  • Children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Encourage children to trick or treat in a group
  • Make sure kids are always paying attention to traffic when crossing the street.  It is easy for them to get caught up in the excitement
  • For older children, ensure parents are made aware of the route
  • Remind children to never enter a house under any circumstance
  • Stop only at house that have their lights on or a pumpkin lit up

Candy Inspection

  • After trick or treating, parents should inspect all candy.  Look for open wrappers, wrappers that look like they have been resealed or have holes in them.
  • Anything homemade should be thrown in the garbage.

Home Owners

  • You will have lots of traffic on your property and you are liable if anyone is injured.
  • Inspect your walkway and front door area for tripping hazards.
  • Ensure Halloween decorations are safely placed and out of the main walkway.

Driving

  • Slow down!
  • Anticipate.  Kids can be unpredictable, even more so when they are excited and distracted.
  • Do not text and drive.  With so many children out and about, all your attention should be focused on the road.

Have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!

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