Check Out These Top Halloween Safety Tips.
Do you remember all the fun you had trick-or-treating when you were a child? Did you have the costume you wanted to wear picked out months in advance? Did you get excited about all the parties, the games played, and all the candy you would get? As an adult, do you still look forward to Halloween? Halloween is a fun time for kids of all ages; however, it can also be a scary time both with the ghosts and goblins lurking around and numerous safety issues associated with this holiday.
To enjoy the time more and prevent accidents from happening, follow these safety tips.
For the Kiddos (big ones and little ones)
- Choose costumes carefully. Avoid long trailing fabric; keep costume accessories short, soft, and flexible; and if wearing a mask, be sure the eye holes are large enough so it is easy to see out. When purchasing costumes, masks, etc., look for the label “flame resistant.” This does not mean it will not catch fire, but it does mean that the material will resist burning and extinguish quickly.
- Include flashlights, reflective tape, and/or glow sticks as part of the costume if trick-or-treating. This will help the trick-or-treater see better and also help drivers see the trick-or-treater.
- Walk—don’t run, look both ways when crossing the street, and use crosswalks when possible.
- Go with a pal, a group of pals, or an adult. Do not go alone!
- Do not eat treats until they can be examined by an adult.
- Keep your pet safely inside your home and not in the yard on Halloween. Most animals will be best kept in a separate room during trick-or-treating time. The animal may become stressed or could be a victim of a prank on this night of pranksters.
- If your pet is with you when you open your door to provide goodies to the little goblins, be careful that they do not dart out the open door.
- Trick-or-treat goodies are not for your pet. Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and candy wrappers may be hazardous if swallowed by your pet.
- If your pet loves getting dressed up for the evening, be sure the costume is safe for your pet. Do not obstruct their vision and make sure the costume fits properly.
For the Home or Yard
- Decorations are fun and great attention getters, but be sure they are safe. Things like dried flowers and cornstalks can catch fire easily and should be kept away from open flames and other sources of heat such as light bulbs and heaters.
- Use battery-operated candles or a glow stick in your pumpkins.
- Put those outside decorations alongside the walkway or in the yard and not in the walkway to prevent trip-and-fall hazards.
- Keep the area around your door clear to provide easy access.
- Turn an outside light on to provide extra lighting for your trick-or-treaters.