Help make your child’s Halloween a memorable but safe day. While some parents may unknowingly be placing their child in harm’s way, it is up to both parents and drivers to do their parts to keep kids safe.
Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year? ~ Safe Kids USA
There are lots of simple ways to help keep your child safe on Halloween, when accidents and injuries are more likely to occur:
Costumes & Props:
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Be sure to wear flame-resistant / fire-retardant costumes.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Pre-test any make-up in advance for allergic reactions.
- If carrying props (swords, knives, etc) make sure they are soft and flexible.
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
Travel – Walking and Driving:
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a parent or a trusted adult.
- Have a planned route and schedule and follow it.
- Never go into a stranger’s house unless you are with a parent or a trusted adult.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Use a flashlight or glow sticks while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
- Remember the liquid in glow sticks are hazardous – do not break, chew or ingest.
- Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
Candy & Food:
- A parent or a trusted adult should inspect all candy for safety before a child eats it.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
FLORIDA’S POISON CONTROL CENTER or anywhere in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!