Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Family

Halloween is almost here! The costumes have been chosen and the candy bowls are ready for trick-or-treaters. With all the fun festivities going on, we want to make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! Here are some friendly safety reminders for Halloween night:

1. Light Up the Night
Dusk is supposed to start at 6:57 p.m. on October 31st. While most houses will turn on their porch lights for trick-or-treaters at 6 p.m., it’s important to provide children with flashlights & fresh batteries. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. This will make your children visible to any cars driving through the neighborhood. Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.

2. Choose the Right Costume
Make sure that your little trick-or-treaters have shoes that fit well and costumes that are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Lastly, makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.

3. Neighborhood Safety
To get your home ready for receiving visiting trick-or-treaters, remove anything from the porch and front yard that a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. Any wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps. Replace any outdoor lights or burned-out bulbs. Lastly, if you have any pets, be sure to restrain them from inadvertently jumping on or biting a trick-or-treater.

4. Candy Check!
Checking candy for potential hazards before allowing your children to consume it is a great way to keep your family safe. Many local police departments provide community support by scanning candy for potential contamination. Here are a few additional tips from that will help you distinguish potential hazards.
  •  Throw out any items that have: 
    • An unusual appearance or discoloration 
    • Tiny pin holes, tears in wrappers 
    • Spoiled or unwrapped items 
  • Disregard anything that is not commercially wrapped, such as homemade baked goods.
  • Parents of young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum or hard candies. 
  • If you find any candy that has been tampered with call your local police department immediately. 
Always remember when in doubt, throw it out! Sticking to some of these basic safety tips should ensure a fun and safe evening for everyone. Happy Halloween!

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