Halloween presents a myriad of safety dilemmas, especially to the unaware and unprepared. The following tips should serve to create awareness of preventing problems caused by the main safety hazards lurking in the shadows on Halloween.
1. Eye Safety: Everyone tends to get a little crazy on Halloween, so avoid unnecessary eye emergencies by adhering to the following eye safety tips.
- Be wary of decorative contact lenses. Only purchase them through an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- Use caution with masks, wigs & eye patches that can block visibility or irritate eyes.
- Use only hypo-allergenic face make-up & keep make-up out of eyes.
- Avoid carrying sharp objects (swords, wands, etc.) with costumes, especially when walking in the dark.
- Carry a small flashlight when trick-or-treating to avoid trips & falls.
2. Pedestrian Safety: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents than on any other night of the year. Employ the following tips to avoid tragedy.
- If not made of reflective material, add reflective tape to make your child’s costume more visible to motorists.
- Make sure children stay on sidewalks and cross only at corners.
- When driving on Halloween, watch out for trick-or-treaters.
- Especially for younger children, do not leave them unattended when trick-or-treating.
- For older children, help plan their route and review pedestrian safety rules.
3. Candy Safety: Many consider candy the best part of Halloween, so keep it enjoyable by making sure eating and getting it is done safely.
- Prohibit children from eating any candy before it is approved by you.
- When handing out candy, make sure your yard is free from any tripping hazards and that your house is well-lit.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards, and throw away any with compromised wrappers.
- Avoid homemade treats unless you personally know the source.
- Make sure children eat healthy dinners to somewhat counteract the sugar load Halloween precipitates.
4. Stranger Safety: Unfortunately, evil really does lurk and prey on children on Halloween. To avoid tragedy, take these simple precautions.
- Tell children never to enter anyone’s house when trick-or-treating.
- Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s car on Halloween or any other time of year.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. (What fun is that anyway?)
- Choose safe, well-lit neighborhoods.
- Have older children carry a cell phone. Not only can they call for help, but they can be used to locate children via GPS.
5. Costume Safety: Second only to candy is wearing a fun costume. It only takes a few minutes to make sure that costume doesn’t become or create a safety hazard.
- Make sure costumes are made of flame-resistant material.
- Regardless of the material of the costume, avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries.
- Approve of costumes only if they fit well and won’t cause children to trip or decrease their visibility.
- Don’t forget to make sure shoes fit properly as well and won’t cause a child to trip easily.
- Add reflective tape or flashing Halloween decorations to costumes to increase visibility.
Halloween presents an opportunity for safe fun for children & parents alike providing these basic safety tips are followed. Take the few extra minutes needed to make your children, your yard and your neighborhood safe and free from tragedy this Halloween.