Halloween is an exciting time, filled with neighborhood gatherings, creative costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s also a night when more families fill the streets than at any other time of year. So, to ensure this year’s memories are picture perfect, it’s best to keep safety top-of-mind, before, during and after the big night.
Start your Halloween off right by considering the following safety tips:
The best costumes aren’t just scary. They also keep you safe.
- Add reflective tape or striping to increase visibility if your family’s costumes and trick-or-treat bags aren’t already bright and reflective.
- Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.
- Ensure costume props are easy to carry and made of soft foam, without hard or sharp edges.
- Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks, which can limit or block eyesight. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
- Buy only costumes, wigs and accessories labeled as flame resistant.
Keep your home an injury-free zone for family and visitors.
- Remove anything that could potentially be a tripping hazard for trick-or-treaters, including garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Avoid fire hazards, like real candles in Jack-O’-Lanterns.
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Sweep wet leaves or debris from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they don’t jump on or bite visitors.
Stay alert and aware while trick-or-treating.
- Aim to take your children door-to-door before sunset because trick-or-treating is safest in daylight. If that’s not possible, bring a flashlight.
- Visit only well-lit areas and homes with the front light turned on.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
- Review with children how to call 911 (or the local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Plan and review a safe route if older children are going alone. Remind them to never enter a home or car for a treat, and agree on a specific time to return home.
- Popular trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. During this time, especially, drive with caution. And as always, never drink and drive.
Double-check all Halloween treats.
- Don’t trust treats that are expired, homemade or not completely wrapped. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Be mindful of potential choking hazards, especially with younger children. Kids under the age of four should never consume hard or sticky candy, popcorn or chewing gum.
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