Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know
- Masks can obstruct your child's view, instead apply nontoxic face paints.
- Make sure oversized hats, helmets, or headpieces won't interfere with their vision.
- Choose bright colors that make your child more visible in the dark.
- Any store bought costumes and accessories (masks, beards, wigs) must be labeled "flame resistant."
- Avoid oversized clothing. It makes it hard to walk and can come in contact with open flames from a jack-o-lantern.
- Your child should wear shoes that fit to avoid tripping.
- If you allow your child to carry a prop sword or knife, it should be made of soft plastic or rubber so it can bend if your child falls while carrying it.
- Make your child easy to see by adding reflective tape or stickers to their costume.
- See if neighbors will be home while it's still light out, and visit houses then if they're ready for trick-or-treaters.
- Give your child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Tell your child to go only to homes with outside lights on.
Make a Plan:
- Kids 12 and under, should be accompanied by an adult and clothing should be labeled with your name, address, and phone number in case you get separated.
- If your child is older than 12, make sure he/she has a way to reach you via cell phone.
- Establish a pre-planned route and curfew for kids over 12.
Practice Street Safety:
- Remind your child of everyday safety tips like looking left, right, and left again before crossing the street, continuing to look as he/she crosses, and waiting for you at street corners before proceeding.
- Kid should stay on sidewalks at all times. Cutting through people's yards can lead to accidents when things like clotheslines and other hazards are hard to spot.
Before Eating Treats:
- Have your child wait until you've inspected his/her treats before they eat them.
- Discard anything slightly or not completely wrapped.
- If your child is allergic to nuts, check all treats carefully before he/she digs in.
- Kids under four shouldn't have popcorn or hard candy -- both are choking hazards.
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