Halloween safety

Halloween Safety Tips


Halloween can be exciting and fun. The NTSI recommends the following tips to keep your family safe.

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don’t run
  • Stay on the sidewalks
  • Obey all traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Do not cut across yards or driveways
  • Go only to those houses that have a porch light on
  • Do not pet animals

Parents:

  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground and are reflective
  • Make sure shoes fit properly. Do not wear flip flops or sandals
  • Avoid having your children wear masks that impair their vision
  • All props, such as knives and swords, should be flexible and blunt
  • Young children should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling
  • Older children should have change available to call home if necessary
  • Costumes should be of flame-retardant material
  • All candy should be inspected before it is consumed

Homeowners:

  • Make sure your yard is clear of all obstacles, such as ladders, hoses, dog chains and flower pots
  • Keep animals restrained
  • Battery powered Jack-o’lanterns are preferable to those with real flame
  • Healthy food alternatives are preferable over candy. Distribute items like mini boxes of raisins, packaged fruit rolls, or pre-packaged crackers. Non-food treats like pencils, stickers, erasers, and coins are another fun alternative to candy

Resource: www.sosnet.com/safety/halloween