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Halloween Safety Tips

On Halloween, major dangers are not from ghosts and goblins but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.

MOTORISTS:

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

BEFORE TRICK OR TREATING:

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route. 
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home. 
  • Establish a return time.Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.  
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

COSTUMES:

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials.
  • Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

MASKS: 

  • Face Design Masks can obstruct a child's vision. Use facial make-up instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,"
    "Laboratory Tested," Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large
    eye holes.

ACCESSORIES:

  • Accessories Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with
     etro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

TRICK OR TREATING:

  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.
  • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.

PARENTS:

  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash fruit and slice into small pieces. When in doubt, throw it out.


And finally…

WATCH CHILDREN AROUND ALL
SOURCES OF WATER!!!

BEFORE HALLOWEEN:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
  • This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke alarm.
  • Teach children to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.
  • Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire.
  • Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check
    around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
  • Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.

BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
  • Always keep Jack O' Lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking.
  • Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
  • Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should wear a wristwatch and
    carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
  • Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags. Consult your veterinarian for further advice.
  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
  • Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.

 

WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their
    neighborhood rounds.

REMIND TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on. 
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Always walk. Never run across a street. 
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-
  • Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
  • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.
  • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

    AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:

    • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. Also, look for candy that may cause choking.
    • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.