HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Posted: October 27, 2016

 

These are some general guidelines to follow when choosing a safe Halloween for kids.

-No high heels or oversized shoes
-Use non-toxic/hypoallergenic face paints or make-up (no masks)
-If choose to use masks, make sure they don’t cover the eyes or restrict vision and should not restrict breathing
-Add reflectors to your costume after dark
-Make sure costumes are nor too long, too avoid tripping
-Wear light colored costumes to be visible in the dark
-Only trick or treat at houses with outdoor lights on 
-Make sure all costume accessories are safe and flexible (no sharp or pointy edges)easy to carry
-Walk on the sidewalk and cross streets only at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
-Put electronics devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run
-Watch for cars that are turning or backing up 
-Trick or treat only in familiar areas
-Set a specific time for children to be home
-Give children money to phone home if needed
-Check all candy and discard any questionable pieces
-Never go into a home or apartment building without an adult
-Carry a flashlight or glow stick
-Never get into a stranger’s car

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Be safe this Halloween season.

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