Tips for staying safe on Halloween

by lmallernee | October 29th, 2012

October 29, 2012

The scariest things on Halloween aren’t ghosts and monsters, but accidents and mishaps. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children go trick or treating, according to Halloween-Website.com.

The first rule of thumb to keep children safe on Halloween is to use your common sense. Eliminate any potential Halloween hazards in your yard.

For Halloween costume safety, remember the following:

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant
  • Be sure that costumes are altered to fit
  • Apply reflective tape to costumes
  • Avoid masks that limit vision; use makeup instead
  • Make sure that fake swords, knives, etc., are flexible and cannot harm anyone
  • Wear comfortable, practical shoes

For trick or treating safety, consider the following:

  • Plan your route ahead of time and go to familiar neighborhoods
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Wear an identification tag
  • Stay on sidewalks; cross streets only at intersections
  • Only go to well-lit houses
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar pets
  • Always watch out for cars backing up or turning
  • Walk—don’t run
  • Always trick or treat in groups

If you put safety first on Halloween, you will have an enjoyable time. You may want to consider bypassing the chaos and danger of trick or treating and head for an indoor Halloween party or have one yourself.

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