There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.
Children should trick or treat in groups
and be accompanied by an adult. They should never enter a home or an
apartment unless accompanied by an adult.
Only visit people you know in familiar areas.
Carry a flashlight to see and be seen. Use reflective tape on costumes, bags and sacks.
on the sidewalk at all times and to cross streets at crosswalks and
intersections. Do not cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clotheslines
can become "hidden hazards" in the dark.
When purchasing a costume, check to be sure it's flame resistant.
sure you costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to be able
to watch and listen for cars. Make sure your costume fits. It's easy to
trip on costumes that are too long or shoes that are too big.
light or brightly colored clothing. Put glow-in-the-dark or reflective
patches or strips on your costumes so drivers can see them better.
Teach children to not eat treats until an adult checks them for tampering.
Check any toys or novelty items for choking hazards to children younger than 3.
Obey all traffic signs and signals. Slow down in residential neighborhoods.
Watch for children walking in streets, medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and streets slowly and carefully.
Teach children to exit and enter cars on the curb side, away from traffic.
Use glow sticks or battery-operated candles inside jack-o-lanterns instead of open flame candles.
Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters out of children's reach.
If you do use candles in your jack-o-lanterns, never leave them unattended.
Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
Indoors, keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited.
Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory.
each set of lights — new or old — for broken or cracked sockets, frayed
or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets. Don't
overload extension cords.