As kids and adults prepare for tonight’s Halloween festivities, it is important to remember a few safety tips whether you are going door-to-door or handing out treats at home.
Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Older children should travel in small groups and carry a cell phone. Parents should review their child’s planned route and set a specific time for them to come home.
Wear reflective, flame-retardant clothing and well-fitting, sturdy shoes to avoid trips and falls.
Make sure costumes fit properly and short enough to prevent tripping and falling.
Use face paint instead of masks so vision is not obscured.
Use a flashlight or glow stick.
Stay on sidewalks, and use crosswalks.
Cross streets at the corner; do not cross between parked cars.
Only go to well-lit houses in familiar neighborhoods; never enter homes.
Bring treats home and have it expected by a parent before eating. Only eat factory-wrapped treats.
Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks that children might trip over.
Make sure outdoor lights are working.
Place jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
Put pets away to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
Don’t overload electrical outlets with decorations.
Be careful where you put a lit jack-o-lantern to avoid fires or accidental burns. Better yet, use battery powered jack-o’-lantern candles rather than real flame.
Watch for pedestrians – drive slowly and be prepared to stop, especially in residential neighborhoods.
Be prepared for children zigzagging across the street and darting out from between parked cars.
Do not pass vehicles stopped in the roadway, children may be getting in or out and may dart out into the road.
Avoid distractions of any kind and keep your eyes focused on the road and your surroundings.
Avoid driving under the influence.
If everyone puts safety first, Halloween can be full of memories that will last a lifetime!