Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky. Here are some safety tips that will make sure that children and families have a safe and fun Halloween this year.
- Do not choose costumes with long, billowing or trailing fabric.
- If your child is wearing a mask, make sure they are able to see through the eye holes.
- Provide children with glow sticks or reflective tape as part of the costume.
- Keep any dried flowers or crepe paper away from flames and heat sources as they are highly flammable.
- Use battery operated candles inside Jack-o-Lanterns instead of real candles.
- Make sure decorations do not block escape routes.
- Keep all matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Only eat factory-wrapped candies and examine all treats for any tampering or choking hazards.
- Walk only on sidewalks and only cross the street at crosswalks.
- Keep distractions to a minimum! Do not let your cell phone keep you from safe trick-or-treating.
- Do not assume the right of way. Wait until vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing.
- Make sure older kids go out with friends and not alone. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
- Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you know where they’ll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
- Remind kids not to enter a house or get in a stranger’s car.
- Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light outside. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying working flashlights.