Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is a kid’s dream – monsters, costumes, friends and candy! It can also be a parent’s nightmare between worrying about the weather, kids walking across dark streets, the need to inspect candy before eating and other safety-related issues. While we can’t control the weather or the amount of candy your kids eat, we can offer you several safety tips that will make your Halloween safer and help to lower your stress level.
- Turn on your porch light and other outside lights so that trick-or-treaters have a clear line of sight to your door.
- Be on the lookout for speeding motorists, unfamiliar adults hanging around the neighborhood without children, and mischievous acts which could become dangerous.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately and call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
- Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.
- Be extra careful when driving a vehicle during trick-or-treat time.
- Look out for excited youngsters who may run out into traffic.
- Watch out for kids wearing dark costumes or masks that don’t allow them to see well as they move into the street.
- Be aware of small children who are difficult to see in the dark.
- Children are 2X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night compared to any other night of the year.
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns or driveway campfires.
- Keep costumes short to prevent tripping, falling or catching the bottom on something.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot, uncomfortable, and can obstruct a child's vision, which is dangerous when crossing streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear bright colors or put reflective tape on their costumes so that they can be seen by drivers.
BEFORE HEADING OUT
- Create a map of a safe trick-or- treating route and set a time limit for your children to be out.
- Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends.
- Work together to map out a safe route so you will know where they are going.
- Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
ON THE STREET FOR TRICK-OR-TREAT
- Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups and parents should walk with young children.
- Start trick-or-treating while it's still light out.
- If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
- Do not go inside anyone’s home.
- Remain on the porch at all times.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
- Cross the street only at the corners.
- Do not walk between parked cars.
- Never walk diagonally across an intersection.
- Look in all directions before crossing the street.
- Obey all traffic signals.
- Always walk and never run across the street.
- Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street.
- Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
- Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
- Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
INSPECT THE TREATS BEFORE YOU EAT
- Help your trick-or-treaters avoid the candy until getting home by feeding them a meal or a snack before they leave.
- Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
- Look out for torn wrappers, holes in packaging, and rewrapped or taped-up packaging.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for both parents and kids if everybody follows these tips and plays it safe.