20+ Halloween Safety Tips

You've got their costumes, their candy bags, and the kids are eager to collect their Halloween bounty. But, do you have your Halloween Safety checklist? Don't worry, we've got you boo!

To make sure everyone stays safe this Halloween, check out these tips:

Pre-Halloween Prep

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames.
  • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Mask should fit securely and allow proper site lines.
  • Purchase non-toxic makeup.
  • Hats should fit properly and should not slide over eyes.
  • When shopping for wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Swords, canes, or sticks should not be sharp or too long.
  • Equip flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • Provide cell phones and teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.

Showtime: The Big Night

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.
  • Trick or Treat in the late afternoon or early evening.
  • If your older children are going without adult supervision, plan and review the route, have them travel in a group and be clear about the time you expect them home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Call the police to report suspicious or unlawful activity.

Taking Stock

  • Inspect treats and discard with questionable appearances.
  • Pace consumption and save treats for the days and weeks ahead!

 

For more safety tips, please visit www.hiaonline.org

*This post was originally posted October 2015*