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Don’t be tricked by Halloween hazards

Halloween can be a fun-filled time for children and adults alike. This Halloween, be sure to pay attention to certain safety guidelines to keep the trick-or-treaters safe and sound.

How can I keep my child’s costume safe?

Whether buying one or making your own, be sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame resistant. Don’t permit your children to go trick-or-treating with candles; instead, outfit each with glow sticks or his or her own flashlight. To be more festive, there are Halloween-themed flashlights created just for this purpose. Costumes should be made without billowing or long-trailing features that present a higher risk of igniting.

What hazards are in the home?

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, fires caused by candles have been soaring in recent years, as many families use candles to decorate during this time of year. When decorating, keep in mind that dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these items away  from heat sources. Illuminate your jack-o-lanterns with small flashlights or battery-operated tea lights instead of candles. Keep exits clear in case evacuation becomes necessary.

How do I keep pedestrians safe while trick-or-treating?

According to the National Safety Council, October is the second deadliest month on the roads. On Halloween night there is an increase in pedestrian fatalities. To keep trick-or-treaters safe:

  • avoid masks that obstruct vision;

  • supervise young children;

  • tell children that while walking, they must keep their heads up and avoid running across the street; and

  • place reflective tape or glow sticks on costumes and treat bags.

    Are there other safety issues I should consider?

    Although Halloween can be a lot of fun for children, certain safety precautions should be taken to ensure the festivities are safe as well as fun. Keep in mind  these safety tips when sending your child out trick-or-treating:

  • only visit the homes of people you know;

  • stay on sidewalks and driveways to avoid tripping hazards; and

  • inspect all goodies before allowing your children to indulge.

    How can a driver avoid pedestrians on Halloween?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises crash-related fatalities for pedestrians happen when it is dark; and pedestrian fatalities increase during Halloween night. Drivers should drive attentively, disconnect from cell phones, watch for children exiting driveways and be alcohol and drug-free to ensure the safety of those around them. Inexperienced drivers should be discouraged from driving on Halloween.

      Planning ahead will help keep your children and your home safe this Halloween.