October 25, 2017

Halloween is coming and there will be lots of kids around the streets.  Here are a few reminder tips for a safe Halloween for you and your children.

Costume Tips:

  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls.  Avoid high heels or oversized shoes.  Costumes can also catch on fire so avoid billowing or trailing fabric like dresses and long capes. If you are making your own costume, choose fire-resistant materials.
  • Do not use masks as they  make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars.
  • Choose costumes in light colours and place reflective tape on the back and front of costumes so that drivers can see your child better.
  • Dress your child for the weather and add and remove layers as needed.

Decoration Tips:

  • Inspect each decoration before use and discard any with cracked, frayed or bare wires.
  • When a product is marked as “for indoor use”, don’t use it outdoors, you could get shocked or it could be a potential fire hazzard.
  • Use electrical lights and decoration that are approved for safe use by a nationally tested laboratory such as UL, Intertek (ETL), or CSA.
  • Always turn off electrical decorations and extinguish any open flames before retiring for the night or when you leave the house.
  • Use a flashlight or battery operated candles.  If you must use a real candle, use extreme care and take all precautions to make sure it doesn’t start a fire or burn someone.
  • Dried flowers, hay, cornstalks and crepe paper are all highly flammable.  Keep them away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

  • If your child is under 10, they should be accompanied by an adult when they head out.
  • For the older kids, if they want to go out on their own, they should be go with a group of at least 3 people.
  • Having a flashlight would be a good idea along with a cell phone is you have one.
  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy and add some reflective tape on it as well.
  • Discuss in advance the route that they will be taking so that if there is ever an issue, you have an idea of where they should be.  Make sure they let you know if they decide to take a different route.
  • Set a curfew and confirm that there is someone who has watch with them.
  • Do not visit homes that are not well lit and NEVER go into a stranger’s house.
  • Use the sidewalks whenever possible and if there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Do not criss-cross back and forth across the street.  Start on one side of the street and return back down on the other.
  • Tell the kids not to eat anything until they get home especially for kids with allergies.  Hard candy or gum could also be a choking hazzard.

Review these safe Halloween tips with your children before they head out.   Following these safe Halloween tips can give you some piece of mind as the children all head out for a fun evening.

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