Oct. 25, 2019
Halloween is upon us again, and this year we want to make sure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. There are several simple precautions you can follow to minimize the chances of your family, pets and property becoming an annual statistic.
Here are some key safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Halloween!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME SAFETY
1. Choose or make costumes that are bright and reflective. You can add reflective tape and/or glow sticks into costumes and bags.
2. Try to avoid wearing masks since they limit or block eyesight. Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure children are not sensitive to it. Always wash makeup off immediately after trick-or-treating.
3. Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexitble.
4. Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels and make sure the dress is not too long to avoid tripping. All shoelaces should be double-knotted before leaving to Trick-or-Treat.
JACK-O-LANTERN PUMPKIN SAFETY
1. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Let them draw a face with markers and then the parents can do the carving. While older children can carve their pumpkins it is highly recommended to supervise closely.
2. DO NOT use kitchen knives to carve your Jack-O-Lanterns. Instead, buy a pumpkin carving kit which uses small saws.
3. Use a flashlight, glow stick or LED candle instead of a flamed candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a flamed candle, a votive candle is safest.
4. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects. They should be out of reach of small children and pets and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by possibly creating a tripping hazard.
TRICK OR TREATING SAFETY
1. Have a planned path for your Trick-or-Treaters. Choose the most efficient and safest path. Stick to areas that you and your children know.
2. A mature sibling, parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
3. Older children going without an adult should still travel with a group of friends. Plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Make sure they have a cell phone with them and agree upon a reasonable curfew.
4. Make sure your kids know that treats should not be consumed until you’ve have had a chance to check the treats back home in a well-lit area to make sure they’re sealed.
5. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
6. Only cross the street as a group and in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
7. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
8. Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.
9. NEVER enter a home or car for a treat.
1. Keep sweets away from your pet, especially chocolate from your dog.
2. Avoid dressing your pet up on Halloween. Even though they look cute it is very uncomfortable for them.
3. Keep your pet out of the way from all the trick or treaters.
4. Make sure to have your pet correctly tagged incase it escapes on Halloween night.