Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips:


~Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.  Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

~Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

~Because masks can 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 there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.

~When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

~If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long.  A child may be easily hurt by theses accessories if he stumbles or trips.


**A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.  Obtain Flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

**If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.  Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

**Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:

~~Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.

~~Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

~~Carry a cellphone for quick communication.

~~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.

~~Never cut across yards or use alleys.

~~Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by the local custom).  Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.

~~Don’t assume the right of way.  Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.  Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

~~Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Source:  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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