Halloween is fast approaching. Before you decide on a costume or a route, take a minute to review our simple safety tips:
1. Make sure your costume fits well. Oversized shoes could lead to tripping and falling. Loose fabric could pass over a flame and catch on fire.
2. Bright reflective colors will be much easier to see in the dark than black and darker colors.
3. Flashlights will come in handy when walking down a stretch of path or road that has no lights.
4. Make sure the costumes you buy are clearly marked ‘Flame Resistant’.
5. Masks can block views and make walking in the dark even harder than it already is. Consider using a well fitting hat instead.
6. Costume accessories should be manageable so they don’t cause tripping or stumbling. If your child’s costume needs a fake weapon, make sure it won’t hurt them if they should fall on it. Set guidelines for where and when the weapon can be used to protect unsuspecting trick-or-treaters nearby.
7. Consider using battery operated lights in your jack-o-lanterns to minimize the risk of fire.
8. All children should have their address and phone memorized or pinned into their costume in case they get separated from the group. Make sure the pin is secure so it won’t stab them.
9. Don’t let your kids trick-or-treat without a responsible adult. They won’t have the skills an adult has if a difficult situation arises.
10. Remember to only go to houses that have the porch light on.
Following these suggestions will get your Halloween off to a safe start! If you have more ideas or procedures you use, please share them with us – we’d love to hear them. Download, print, or share our graphic, and for more information and posts like these, follow us on your favorite social media channel.