Easy Halloween Safety Tips

During all the fun of Halloween, it is important to remember that this holiday requires some extra safety precautions. Most Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents supervise their children’s activities.

Costume Safety

Tips to help you select a safe costume for your child:

  • Think safety when selecting your child’s costume; avoid long, baggy or loose-fitting costumes and shoes that may be difficult to walk in.
  • Choose costumes, wigs and accessories made from fire-retardant materials.
  • Select costume colors and materials that are highly visible to motorists.
  • Opt for facial makeup instead of a mask that may limit a child’s vision or breathing.
  • Buy makeup labeled “FDA-approved” or “non-toxic,” and remove makeup promptly to avoid allergies or adverse reactions.
  • Make sure costume accessories, such as swords or magic wands, are made of flexible materials.
  • Add strips of reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to make children more visible.

Pumpkin Carving Safety

To avoid injuries while carving pumpkins:

  • Carve pumpkins on a flat surface with good lighting.
  • Consider using a pumpkin-carving kit that includes special, easy-to-use cutting tools.
  • Have children ages 5 and younger draw on the pumpkin’s face—then you do the carving.
  • Light pumpkins using votive-style candles.
  • Place lighted pumpkins away from flammable objects, such as curtains.
  • Never leave lit pumpkins unattended.

Trick-or-treating Safety

Parents should be aware of the risks when trick-or-treating:

  • Remind children to walk only on sidewalks, and to look both left and right before crossing at corners or crosswalks.
  • Never let a child enter a home to receive candy or a treat unless accompanied by a parent.
  • Instruct your child to visit only well-lit houses.
  • Never allow children under the age of 12 to trick or treat alone. Older children should plan their routes ahead of time so their parents know where they are.
  • Instruct children to never approach a car, or accept treats from a person in a car.
  • Remind children to stay alert for house pets and strangers.
  • Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it. Wrapped treats are the safest. Dispose of fresh fruit, unwrapped or homemade treats, or anything that looks remotely suspicious.
  • Check for choking hazards, such as hard candy, gum, peanuts or small toys, before letting a small child eat his or her treats.
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