Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween safety is about having fun and making sure kids are safe in their costumes, on the street, and at home. Follow these safety tips to make sure your trick-or-treater's enjoy their candy safely at home. 

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  • Four times as many children aged 5-14 are injured or killed while walking on Halloween evening than any other single night a year?
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury among children on Halloween?
  • That just a few quick steps before heading out can ensure a safety Trick Or Treating experience for kids and parents alike? 
A few things you can do to ensure a safe night out:
  • Be visible! Most fun on Halloween happens after dark. Make sure kids and adult chaperons are visible to cars at night. Wear brightly-colored costumes with reflective stripes sewn on. 
  • Carry flashlights so kids can see and cars can see them. The more light each little goblin or princess carries, the more visible they are to drivers. 
  • Trick or treat in a safe neighborhood with good lighting and safety sidewalks and crosswalks 
  • Make sure costumes fit well. Kids in ill-fitting costumes are more likely to trip and fall. The worst time for a child to trip would be in the middle of the street as they are trying to cross. Also, try face paint or make-up instead of masks. 
  • Always cross on a corner. Gather the ghouls together in a group and hold hands while crossing the street. It's easier for drivers to see groups than single kids. 
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Over-sized clown shoes or princess high-heels are hard for little feet to negotiate and can be dangerous. 
  • Opt for costumes made of flame-resistant material. As Halloween and candles go hand-in-hand, use a safe alternative such as flame-less candles in your jack o’ lanterns.
  • Having a party? Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes and use flame-less candles as a safe alternative.
  • Be sure costume props are flexible and not sharp. If the little devil falls while running, he won't get impaled by his pitchfork. 
  • If you are going to drive, know there are going to be a lot of ghouls and goblins out and about. Slow down, drive sober and keep an eye out for kids coming out from behind parked cars or at crosswalks. 
  • Just because it is Halloween doesn't mean the kids shouldn't follow the same basic rules as every other day. Rules on crossing the street and going with strangers can be forgotten during the commotion of trick-or-treating; review the rules with the kids. Each group of kids should be supervised. 
  • Inspect the bag of goodies before letting the kids dig in. Make sure wrappers are on candy and have not been opened. Examine and wash any fruit before eating it. 
  • Despite calling it trick-or-treat, tricks are usually vandalism, and vandalism leads to violence. Make sure your kids do not participate in any type of tricking. 
  • Make sure each group has a cell phone in case they need to call 9-1-1. Make sure kids know how and when to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone. 

(Information provided in part courtesy of Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department© 2013 and Anne Arundel County Fire Department © 2015)