Halloween Safety Reminders

Halloween Safety RemindersTonight’s the big, fun-filled night! We want to make sure you and your gang of ghosts and goblins stay safe on Halloween night. You’re probably familiar with most of these Halloween safety reminders but it’s always good to have a refresher. Keep these Halloween safety tips in mind as you prepare for your Halloween celebration and head out on the trick-or-treat trail:

Costume Safety

You’ve probably got your costume set for tonight but as you’re dressing yourself and your kids, check for potential hazards such as oversized costumes that may cause someone to trip or costumes with long pieces that could get snagged. Face paint is a better choice than masks to prevent obstructed views. Try to incorporate reflective tape or a glow stick into your family’s costumes so you’ll stand out to drivers.

Street Safety

Stick with your kids as you hit the neighborhood for trick-or-treating. Make a rule about how closely to you your kids should remain. Stay on sidewalks when possible, always look both ways and hold hands while crossing streets, and use crosswalks when they are available. This is a good time to teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. If you are carrying a baby, make sure they are secure in your arms throughout the night – this is a great time for baby wearing! Use reflective tape or twinkle lights on strollers to be extra visible to drivers.

If you are driving, especially during peak trick-or-treat hours of 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., use extra caution by driving slowly, ensuring your lights are on, putting down your mobile phone and stopping for all pedestrians.

Tricky People Safety

Talk to your kids about tricky people before going out on Halloween night. Make sure your kids know to tell you right away if they encounter a tricky person and to scream for help if they feel they are in danger. Although it is a night notorious for “tricks” and scary things, listen to your kids and be vigilant of their fears.

Candy Safety

Make a rule that your kids should not eat any candy before you’ve checked it. The best way to check candy is in a well-lit room when you return home. Never allow your child to eat baked goods or opened foods from strangers. Watch out for choking hazards for young children.

Also, set a plan for how much candy your child can eat on Halloween night and then save the rest for future treats. You can also encourage your kids to share candy with the troops or swap candy with the “switch witch” for a non-food item such as books, toys or crafts.

Fire Safety

Consider using an electronic light to illuminate your pumpkin rather than a candle. If you do use a candle, make sure it is in a steady place and away from flammable objects. Ensure your kids stay away from fire hazards at homes where you are trick-or-treating too.

Have a wonderful night and be sure to follow our Halloween safety reminders for a fabulous holiday!

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics and Safe Kids