Halloween Saftey Tips

kids trick or treatingWe’re at the end of October and one of the holidays loved by most kids in quickly approaching, but can you blame them? What child wouldn’t love getting dressed up in costume and receiving bags and buckets of free candy? We certainly know a few that would. Along with the fun and tasty treats offered by Halloween so are safety hazards. Keep these Halloween safety tips in mind courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when trick-or-treating with your children:

  • S– Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • A– Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk up to the door with your child.
  • F– Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you and your child.
  • E– Examine all your child’s treats for choking hazards and tampering before allowing them to eat them. Limit the amount of treats to a set number per day.
  • H– Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see others and for others to see you and your children.
  • A– Always test make-up in a small area on your child first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
  • L– Look both ways before crossing the street. Make sure your child uses established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • L– Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not allowing your child to wear decorative contact lenses.
  • O– Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • W– Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • E– Allow your child to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • E– Only allow your child to enter homes of people you know and if you are accompanying them.
  • N– Never allow your child to walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure they wear flame-resistant costumes.

Image from What is Halloween.