Last Minute Tips for Halloween Safety

October 31, 2017

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.

 

Trick-or-Treaters

  • 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.

 

Homeowners

  • 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.

 

Drivers

  • 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!

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