October 09, 2014

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety Tips

The pumpkins are coming out! That’s right, it’s finally fall and Halloween is just around the corner! With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips to share with you to make sure Halloween will be safe and fun!

Costumes are usually the kid’s favorite part of Halloween (right after candy). Whether you choose to make your children’s costume or purchase one from the store, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Costume materials, wigs and accessories should all be fire-resistant.
  2. Masks can be dangerous as they have the possibility to limit eye sight. Consider using decorative make-up or face paint as an alternative. Always make sure to test the make-up on a small area the night before for skin reactions.
  3. If your children will be out after dark, incorporate reflective tape into the costume they are wearing.
  4. Make sure costumes and shoes are well fitting to avoid stumbles and falls.
  5. Accessories like wands & swords should be made from a flexible material, nothing sharp that could hurt your children or anyone else’s.

Trick-or-treating is the highlight of the month for many (including some of us parents)! As with everything else, there are a few things you can do to make this joyous activity a little safer while still keeping it fun.

  1. Any child under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating at any location.
  2. Many area schools, churches and businesses hold trick-or-treating events with more activities! Consider one of these events if you’re not comfortable with going from house to house.
  3. Make sure your kids know not to eat ANY of their treats until they get home and you can inspect their loot! Only accept candy in factory wrappers. Never take homemade treats unless you know and trust who it’s coming from.
  4. If your children are going to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, make sure they have flashlights with fresh batteries and cell phones for quick communication. Agree on a time for them to be home before they leave the house.
  5. Go over traffic safety with your children before they leave… look both ways before crossing the street, walk on side walks facing traffic and don’t cross through lawns where an unseen object could cause a fall.

And finally, a few tips for the adults. Whether you like Halloween or you hate it, you must practice safe measures to provide protection for all children.

  1. Practice extreme safety when driving on Halloween night. Watch for children in dark clothing or kids running out in the street unexpectedly.
  2. Watch for kids who may be walking on the street or medians.
  3. Discourage teens from driving on Halloween night. There are too many distractions for inexperienced drivers.
  4. And as always, never use your cell phone while driving.
Written By: Miranda Wilkerson

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