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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is almost here, but before you start dreaming of costumes and candy, it’s important to prepare your family for the potential dangers associated with trick-or-treating.  According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year. Follow these tips for a spooky, but safe Halloween with your children!

Halloween Costume Safety

  • When you purchase costumes, wigs, accessories, etc. check the labels to make sure they are fire-resistant.
  • Select brightly colored costumes and try adding reflective tape or stickers to costumes or candy bags, so drivers can see you more easily in the dark.
  • Make sure outfits and shoes fit well to prevent tripping. Avoid costumes that are too long.
  • Don’t wear masks that obstruct vision.
  • If the costume requires makeup, spend time finding a quality nontoxic brand and test it ahead of time on a small patch of skin to check for any irritation.
  • Promptly remove any makeup before kids head to sleep to prevent skin issues.
  • If the costume includes accessories like swords, be sure they are soft, flexible, and not too long.

Trick-or-Treating: Safety on the Night

  • Children should be accompanied by a trusted adult at all times.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group, there’s safety in numbers.
  • Try carrying glow sticks or flashlights with fresh batteries, to light your path and keep you visible, especially to drivers.
  • Stick to a well-lit, familiar route, and avoid crossing yards or alleys.
  • Remind children they should never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle.
  • Stay aware of surroundings and keep your head up. Don’t let distractions like cellphones prevent you from seeing potential dangers.
  • When crossing a street, check both ways, and use appropriate crosswalks whenever possible. Never assume traffic will stop for you.
  • Remain on the sidewalk where possible, but if you must walk on the road, stay as far to the edge as possible and walk facing traffic.
  • For children old enough to trick-or-treat alone, make sure they have a way to get in touch with you like a cellphone, plan a safe route together, and establish a time for them to be home.
  • Remind your kids they shouldn’t eat treats until they get home where you can check for any tampering or choking hazards.

Homeowners: Making your Property Safe for Trick-or-Treating

Homeowners, don’t forget to do your part to keep everyone safe this Halloween. Before trick-or-treating starts make sure you:

  • Secure pets safely to avoid any altercations between animals and visitors
  • Remove leaves and debris from your sidewalk and drive way.
  • Provide adequate outdoor lighting, so it is easy for trick-or-treats to find their way.
  • Remove any potential tripping hazards from the front yard area like decorations.

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