Halloween is one of the most entertaining holidays of the year. It’s also a holiday with a host of potential hazards. But they don’t have to ruin your fun. Just follow these tips below to make sure your family has a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
• Choose a costume that’s flame resistant.
• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
• Make sure accessories such as swords and knives are short, soft, and flexible.
• Use non-toxic makeup.
• Use reflective tape or material to help make your kids visible to drivers.
• Always accompany young children. For an older kid going out without supervision, make sure he or she goes with a group.
• Hold a flashlight, glow stick, or any other bright object to help you see and help others see you.
• Always walk—and don’t run—from house to house.
• Use established crosswalks as much as possible and always look both ways before crossing the street.
• Use sidewalks whenever possible, and if not, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
• Only visit well-lit houses and enter homes only with a trusted adult.
• Remind your children not to snack on their trick-or-treat goodies while they’re still out. Have them wait until they get home, so you’ve had a chance to inspect their goodies.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards including gum, peanuts, hard candies, or toys with small parts.
• Inspect commercially-wrapped treats for signs of tampering, including any unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
• Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers or anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
If you’re giving out treats from home…
• Keep lit jack-o-lanterns a good distance from trick-or-treaters so costumes don’t catch fire. Never leave a lighted pumpkin unattended. If possible, use flameless candles.
• Be sure your walkway is well-lit and clear of any obstacles to prevent accidents.
If you’re on the road….
• Drive slowly, particularly in residential areas.
• Be extra alert for children at intersections, corners, driveways and near parked cars where they frequently dart out from.
• Eliminate in-car distractions.
Do you have other tips to keep you and your keiki safe for Halloween? Share them with us!