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Halloween Safety Every Parent Should Know

Halloween Safety Every Parent Should Know

Halloween is a time for costumes, treats and make-believe scares. In preparation for the fun, however, very real safety concerns should be addressed. One of the biggest concerns during Halloween is pedestrian safety. Trick-or-treating is a lot of fun, but there are some frightening statistics when safety measures aren’t taken. According to the National Safety Council:

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month.

Halloween Safety Every Parent Should Know

To help your loved ones stay safe during the spooky season, we’ve compiled some helpful “tricks” below:

Trick-Or-Treat Tips

  1. Younger kids (under age 12) should have a dependable adult with them.
  2. Only trick-or-treat in well-lit, well-known areas (like your street and/or neighborhood).
  3. NEVER enter a stranger’s home or car.
  4. Do not cross into the street except at designated crosswalks and NEVER run.
  5. Put away electronic devices (adults and kids) and keep heads up.
  6. Drivers: pay special attention for children walking and especially those in darker clothing.
  7. A grown-up should inspect all treats before consumption for loose or torn wrappers, choking hazards, etc. When in doubt, throw it out!

Ghoulish Gear

  1. Make sure costumes purchased or made are flame-resistant.
  2. Size is important. Avoid longer costumes and oversized shoes or heels to avoid tripping. Also make sure the costume is roomy enough to compensate for layers if the night is cool.
  3. Especially during twilight and later hours, dark colors are hard to see. Opt for bright hues or add reflective tape or glow sticks to be more visible.
  4. Masks are scary and fun, but make it hard for YOU to see. Choose non-toxic makeup instead (but make sure to test it on a small area of skin first). The FDA has a list of approved color additives for cosmetic use (found here). If the colors are not included on the FDA list, avoid using that makeup.
  5. Without an actual prescription from an eye care professional, avoid colored contact lenses.

Proper Pumpkin Procedures

  1. Any carving should be done by a responsible adult.
  2. Smaller children should decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or other craft items.
  3. Use flashlights, glow sticks or battery-operated lights, as opposed to candles, to prevent a fire hazard.
  4. If using candles, make sure the pumpkin is on a sturdy, flat surface away from flammable objects such as curtains or other material.

Sources:

National Safety Council
https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

US Food & Drug Administration
https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230283.htm

Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/halloween-safety/art-20044976

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