It’s almost time for Halloween. The kids will soon have fun wearing their costumes and trick or treating in their neighborhoods. Here are tips to make this holiday a safe one:
- Clear your walkway of any debris and wet leaves to avoid tripping or slipping hazards.
- Keep pets inside, away from doors or windows so they won’t scare trick-or-treaters.
- Don’t hand out candy that could be a possible choking hazard for young children.
- Have your porch/entrance well lit if you are handing out candy. Keep the lights off if you do not want visitors.
- Young children should not carve pumpkins.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
- Older unsupervised children should go out with a group, follow an acceptable/safe route, and return home at a specific time.
- Only visit homes with a porch light on and never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
- Stay on the sidewalks, cross only at corners, and don’t run across the street.
- Make sure to carry flashlights, especially if staying out after dark.
- Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
- Don’t eat any treats until returning home so you can carefully inspect them.
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be made of fire-resistant materials.
- Accessories like swords or knives should be made out of cardboard or a flexible material.
- Pick brightly colored costumes and fasten reflective objects to clothing and bags so they are visible to motorists.
- Avoid oversized or high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
- Make sure masks or other head accessories don’t impede vision. (It is advisable to use make up or face paint instead of a mask.)
- Avoid tripping hazards, make sure costume is not too long and shoes are the proper size.
- Remove all makeup before going to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
- Attach your child’s name and contact information inside their costume.
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