Safety 4ward: Simple Steps to Make Halloween Safe

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Halloween is a time of fright and mayhem, of candy and costumes and best of all, fun trick or treating. The holiday can also pose significant risk to children, so please take a moment to assess where you are in your trick or treat planning.

Halloween can be a spooky good time for the entire family if you follow these simple safety suggestions.

Each year Halloween brings a new crop of pretty awesome costumes that are fun to wear and exciting to be in. Unfortunately, sometimes with really awesome costumes comes a level of complexity that makes moving around in them, hard. So here are a few tips to make this Halloween trick or treating experience safe and fun.

  • Purchased costumes and homemade costumes really need to be flame retardant. If you want to buy a costume from a Halloween themed store, read the labels. If instead you want to make your child’s costume, get flame retardant fabric.

  • While masks are fun, the impede your child’s ability to view their surroundings. Try fun face paint in lieu of masks.

  • Check to ensure that there is ease of motion in the costume for your child.

  • Most importantly - reflective surfaces on costumes are a must. You can use reflective tape and fabrics to make a safe Halloween costume for your child.

When we think of Halloween trick or treating we think of walking in the dark, house to house. What we don’t factor in, is at night some streets can be very dark. Our next Halloween suggestion is for safe nighttime walking.

  • Cars pose the biggest danger on Halloween night, so make sure to always pay attention to where you are going.

  • Keep mobile devices in your pocket and keep your head up watching for cars.

  • It is important to guide younger children across intersections and take the time to wait for lights and cross at corners.

  • Everyone in the trick or treating party needs to have a working flashlight with new batteries.

  • When kids are excited to tend to move around distractedly, so keep those eyes open and watch for cars. Darting in front of vehicles is dangerous.

Finally we come to the best part of Halloween… the Candy! Generally speaking, Halloween candy is the least hazardous of all halloween activities (unless nonstop candy eating commences the second you get home).

  • It is always a good idea to check piece by piece all the candy children receive while trick or treating. Make sure you look for open wrappers and if it looks off, toss it.

  • Check to make sure your child won’t have allergic reactions to the candy, and if there isn’t a full label on something, check online to make sure of the ingredients before your child consumes it.

  • Remove any choking hazards that children may have received and dispose of them properly.

  • Make it a point to portion out the trick or treating candy, because little systems can’t handle that much sugar.

We hope these Halloween Safety Suggestions helped, and that you all have a safe, happy, and fun Halloween.

Happy Trick or Treating,

Katherine Andrews

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