Spooky & Safe: Halloween Safety Tips For Families!
With Halloween less than two weeks away, it is important to make sure that your family has a plan in place to keep everyone safe while you hit the street to trick-or-treat.
At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we have put together tips to help with costumes, decorations, candy, and more in an effort to ensure Halloween safety!
Read our helpful tips below, and, if you have any safety tips that your family uses on Halloween, make sure to leave a comment below.
Top 5 Halloween Safety Tips for Costumes:
- Look for flame-resistant costumes, wigs, and accessories and make sure that your costume is the proper length, and fit, to avoid tripping while you walk around the neighborhood.
- If you are planning to apply face paint, be careful when around your eyes and test an area of your skin beforehand for any allergies you may not have known about.
- Avoid using contact lenses that can alter the color of your eyes as some have been known to be quite hazardous and can potentially damage the eye itself.
- Use a flashlight, LED light, or equip your costume with reflective tape to help yourself be seen by other people, including cars.
- If you are wearing a mask, which many do, make sure to test for full visibility out of the eye holes and the ability to breathe properly.
Did You Know? Children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year, and most pedestrian accidents happen between the hours of 6 P.M. and 7 P.M.
Top 3 Halloween Safety Tips for Candy:
- Never let your children go inside a home to accept candy. If the homeowner refuses to give out candy at the door, politely decline, and move on with your evening.
- Inspect the candy your child/children received before you allow them to eat it, and make sure that all the candy they’ve picked up throughout the evening is properly sealed.
- If you know that your child/children have an allergy (e.g., peanuts) make sure to properly inspect the labels of any candy you’re unfamiliar with to avoid any allergic reactions.
Did You Know? The largest spike in reported tree and nut allergy admissions to the emergency room is on Halloween. It’s best to take the time out to review all pieces of candy before you indulge – it can have serious ramifications.
Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips for Parents:
- If you have an alarm system in your home, make sure to set it and lock all doors before you head out to ensure that anything valuable is safe while you’re enjoying yourself.
- Always stay inside of neighborhoods that you’re familiar with to avoid the risk of getting lost.
- Always keep your children in your line of sight and try to stay together as a household.
- Only approach households that have their interior or porch lights on, as others may not be participating in the festivities.
- If inclement weather is in the forecast, make sure to plan for it. Bring umbrellas, or a poncho, or even consider staying home and doing activities indoors with your child/children.
- Make sure to double-check your child/children’s footwear before heading out – excitement is high on Halloween and the desire to run, and jump may lead to an injury if their shoes are not properly fastened to their feet.
- Always look both ways before crossing any intersections and make sure to cross as a family.
- It’s better to start early and return home before it gets too late, often Halloween can bring out the worst in people, so avoiding any danger is essential.
- Don’t bring or drink any alcohol with you while taking your child/children to trick-or-treat. It’s important to stay alert and vigilant in case you need to take action.
- Let your child/children call the shots – if they’re tired, or they’re not interested in continuing, it’s best to wrap it up and head home, no need to extend the evening for your own amusement.
Did You Know? 70% of parents do not go trick-or-treating with their children and 85% of parents bring alcohol with them or to a party on Halloween. While we’re all aware of how fun parties can be, this night is about your child/children. Try considering a non-alcoholic beverage to keep your wits about you.
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