Safety Tips for Halloween Fun
Halloween can be a scary night in more ways than one. By following these Halloween safety tips it will help to ensure that you and your children will have a safe and fun filled evening.
Keep in mind that children can be frightened of the scary costumes, such as witches and monsters prowling around the neighborhood. As well, parents can be frightened and uncomfortable at the thought of their children going out in the dark neighborhood among strangers. Therefore it is better to be pro active.
If you are not able to organize an at home Halloween event for your children, then at least be sure to establish some firm ground rules for them before sending them out for the evening.
Remember that there are many hazards and dangers to consider such as, fireworks and strangers, tripping and tainted candy and watching out for vehicles when crossing the streets. Review all of the street smart rules with them before they leave the house.
General Safety Tips:
- Remind your children of all the “stranger danger” rules.
- If you are not going to accompany your child then have them go out with at least two other friends.
- Send your children out while there is still some light out. It doesn’t have to be dark to go out trick or treating and it will be safer for the younger children.
- Give them a flashlight to take along with them. That will help by adding some extra light.
- Use a white bag or a pillowcase with some reflective tape attached for gathering their treats. This will help their visibility
- Have them take their cell phone if they have one. By doing this you can keep track of them and they can call you if they need to.
- Use the sidewalks whenever possible. Remind children to always walk on the sidewalks. In the event that there are no sidewalks, advise your children to always walk on the shoulder of the road. They should always walk facing the traffic.
Firm Guidelines For Safe Fun
- Plan their routes so that they can go up one side and down the other side of the street. Reducing the risk of accidents.
- You need to know where they are going. Discuss in advance the route and streets that they will be taking . Remind them to advise you of any changes in their route.
- Set a curfew! You will need to know what time they will be coming home. Set a reasonable curfew so that they can enjoy the evening and still be home at a decent hour.
- Treats will need to be checked for tampering before they are eaten. Tell your children that they are not to eat their treats until they get home and have them checked. This will be especially important for children that have food allergies.
- Remind children never to go inside of a strangers house, no matter what! It is an important rule for children to follow.
Costume Safety :
- Have them wear light colored clothing, this will make them more visible in the dark and it will be easier for the drivers to see them.
- Reflective strips on clothing will help drivers to see them. Attach reflective strips to the arms and the backs of their costumes and even on their footwear.
- All costumes and accessories should be fire resistant. That will help to prevent the sparks from fireworks setting their costumes on fire.
- Avoid having excess material hanging on costumes that may get caught on things and cause falls.
- Long costumes should end above the ankle to avoid falls and tripping.
- Face makeup instead of masks is always a better option for younger children. Masks can impair vision and become hot and clammy.
- Prevent falls with safe footwear. Avoid high heels and over size shoes to prevent falls. Make sure that shoelaces are short and that they are tied up!
- Dress for the weather! It is better to be too hot rather than too cold. Always layer clothing for warmth, at least you can take clothing off in layers if it gets too warm.
Safety Tips for Home Owners:
- Consider using a battery powered candle or led coils for lighting up your jack o lantern. Lit and unattended candles can be a fire hazard.
- Keep your sidewalks and your steps clear of leaves and other debris.
- Place solar lights along your walkways.
- Turn your outside lights on. This will help to safely light the way for children and for adults.
- Do not overload your extension cords and electrical circuits with Halloween decorations. That is a common mistake and it is a fire hazard.
Keep Pets Safe!
The noise from the fireworks and having unfamiliar people in the neighborhood can be very stressful for your pets. Keep pets safe indoors. If they need to go out to do their business put them on a leash. That way if they are startled they can’t bolt and you will be able to bring them indoors safely.
Remember to always keep your pets indoors when using fireworks. That way they won’t get frightened and run off.
Fireworks should be set by adults only. Choose an area that is away from out buildings and overly dry trees and shrubs.
If you have to drive on Halloween night be sure to use some extra caution. Because children get excited and may not always be careful when crossing the street it is important to drive the speed limit or less. Keep in mind that children may just dart right out in front of your vehicle at anytime.
One last house,
Trick or Treat!”
~ Rusty Fischer
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