It's the time of year for costumes, sweets, tricks, and treats. Halloween is here again! Put Halloween safety first with these common-sense tips.
- Carve safely—Are your children begging to carve pumpkins? Make Halloween safety a family affair.
- Decorate with markers or paint. Let young children draw faces on pumpkins with washable markers or child-friendly paint. Leave any carving to an adult.
- Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights or battery-operated flameless candles instead.
- Get clever with costumes—From princesses to superheroes, choosing costumes wisely is an important part of Halloween safety.
- The brighter the better. Whether you buy a costume or make one yourself, choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials. If your child will be trick-or-treating outdoors after dark, attach reflective tape to his or her costume.
- Skip the large face masks. A mask can obstruct your child's vision, especially if it slips out of place. Use kid-friendly makeup instead.
- Trick-or-treat with care—The promise of Halloween candy may leave stars in your child's eyes, but Halloween safety still rules
- Stay close to home. Don't allow your child to go door to door in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
- Inspect the treats carefully. Don't let your child snack while he or she is trick-or-treating. Discard anything that's not sealed, has torn packaging, or looks questionable. When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
- Stay safe and sweet on the home front—If you'll be handing out treats, make sure you're ready for trick-or-treaters.
- Turn the lights on. Replace any burned-out bulbs to ensure good visibility at the walkway and front door.
- Control your pets. Take no chances that your pet might be frightened and chase or bite a child at your door.
Use these safety tips to ensure that your Halloween doesn’t become a real “fright” night!
We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween.