Halloween is a fun time for both children and parents. However, there are some very important safety tips that are worth considering as a way to keep everyone safe during this spooky time of year. Parents should make sure children know to never walk near an open flame or lit candles that they could encounter while trick-or-treating. As an added safety measure, please make sure that all costumes are flame resistant.
Children should be instructed to stay away from dark houses or houses that do not have their lights on. It should also be a given that children should know to never accept a ride from a stranger when trick-or-treating. Children should also be taught the importance of knowing what is safe to eat after trick-or-treating ends.
Candy & Costume Safety
Factory wrapped type candies and treats are considered safe. Candy and treats that are homemade or look like they have been opened should be avoided, especially when the source of these candies is unknown.
Costumes should fit correctly and not be too long or dragging the ground as this is a slip and fall or trip and fall hazard. Masks and other accessories like large hats should be avoided as they can obstruct vision. Even poorly fitted shoes can result in a slip and fall related injury.
Crossing the Street
Children should walk on sidewalks when they are available. If there is no sidewalk it is best to walk as far away from the road as possible while always facing traffic. You should always look both ways before crossing a road and take full advantage of crosswalks when they are available, as this is the best option when preparing to cross a road or intersection. It is best to bring a flashlight along when trick-or-treating because it is an excellent safety precaution. A flashlight is useful because it allows others to see trick-or-treaters and it helps trick-or-treaters to see where they are going.