Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Ensure that children stay safe and have a fun holiday by following these helpful tips.

Here are a few tips to stay safe this Halloween:
  • Costume tips:

    • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
    • Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
    • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags.
    • Because masks can limit vision, consider non-toxic make up and decorative hats.
    • Buy costumes and accessories that are flame resistant.
    • Do not use decorative eye contact lenses without a prescription from an eye care professional.
  • Carving tips:

    Carving Pumpkins
    • Small children should never carve a pumpkin. Let them draw the face with markers, and then let parents do the cutting.
    • Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
    • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains.
    • Candlelit pumpkins should not be placed on a porch or path where visitors may pass close by.

  • Home safety:

    Halloween House Safety
    • Remove items a trick-or-treater could trip over from pathways around your home.
    • Check outdoor lighting and replace burned-out bulbs.
    • Sweep wet leave from sidewalks and steps.
    • Restrain pets so they can’t meet unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

  • While trick-or-treating:

    Trick or Treating Safety Tips
    • Have a parent or responsible adult accompany children through the neighborhood.
    • Take flashlights with fresh batteries.
    • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
    • Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
    • Be sure to sort and check treats to make sure items haven’t been tampered with or have spoiled.
Information is from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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