Halloween Safety: Play it safe
We all know halloween is an exciting time for kids and parents, but it’s also a time to follow important safety tips to ensure a happy and safe day for everyone.
Costumes – is yours safe?
- Choose costumes and accessories that are “flame-resistant”.
- Size it right. Costumes need to be loose enough to be worn over warm clothing but cannot be so baggy that it can become in contact with candles
- Avoid costumes with scarves/boas/strings around neck
- Incorporate reflective tape
- Instead of a mask, try make-up or face paint instead for easy breathing and visibility for your child
- Opt for hypoallergenic make up
Trick or Treating
- Throw away any candy that is not wrapped or easily identifiable
- Wash hands before opening candy
- Use caution around fruit – It’s up to you if you want to allow your child or family to keep these treats. If in doubt throw it away
- Remove choking hazards (gum, hard candies) from small children
- Read labels before allowing your children to eat treats, as they may have certain allergies that the treat may contain
- When trick-or-treating, accompany children until they are old enough to go by themselves or with their friends.
Tips for kids – be safe
- Don’t eat treats until inspected by parents
- Stay in well-lit areas and visit homes that have their outside lights turned on.
- Never go inside homes or cars
- Walk, don’t run, from house to house and stay on the sidewalk whenever possible
- Cross the road at the corner and look both ways before crossing the road.
- Don’t go to homes by yourself, always be accompanied