By Courtney Soinski
Are you ready for Halloween? Before you go trick-or-treating with your kids or get your home ready for trick-or-treaters, there are some things you should know. It’s understandable that with the excitement of the season, both children and adults may not be as careful as they would normally be - This is why it’s now more important than ever to use the right safety precautions.
Here are some helpful tips to follow this Halloween:
- Avoid long costumes that hit or drag on the ground as they can pose a tripping hazard.
- Incorporate bright colors in your costume and add reflective stripes.
- Carry a battery-powered flashlight or glow stick
- Costume accessories such as knives or swords should be made of soft foam with no sharp edges and make sure they are easy to carry.
- Any masks worn with your costume should not restrict your vision or cover your eyes. Also, make sure your breathing is not restricted with the mask on.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames such as jack-o-lanterns that hold candles in them.
- Some Halloween decorations can catch fire easily including dried flowers, cornstalks or paper. Keep these away from any open flames as well as power sources like heaters and light bulbs.
- Stay on sidewalks when possible. If there aren’t any sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Only cross the street at corners and crosswalks.
- Clear your yard of items such as hoses, leashes, or anything that can be tripped over.
- If using candles, keep the walkways and porches clear.
- Make sure costumes are flame-retardant
- Instruct kids to not eat their candy before having an adult look them over.
- Leave your porch light on so trick-or-treaters will know it’s okay to knock on your door.
- Make sure young children are accompanied by an adult before trick-or-treating from door to door.
By following these safety tips, you’ll keep Halloween safe and fun. You’ll make wonderful Halloween memories with your children, and they will hopefully carry on those same traditions with their own families one day.
Have a spooky, safe, and Happy Halloween!!