This week, ghosts, goblins, and just about every other kind of creature and costume will be on the prowl as Halloween approaches. As one of the year’s most exciting and fun-filled times, we all want to enjoy the good-natured tricks and treats that are part of it. To help you enjoy Halloween safely, review these safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and be sure to share them with the parents, guardians, and any young trick-or-treaters you know.
Costume Safety Tips
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Keep swords, knives, and other costume accessories short, soft, and flexible.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- When purchasing costumes, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant.
Safety Tips for Halloween Candy and Other Treats
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before allowing anyone to eat them.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- If your child has a peanut allergy, be extra vigilant when checking labels and allowing them to eat candy.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
- Do not allow children to trick-or-treat alone. They should walk in groups with a trusted adult.
- Children should hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help them be visible.
- Children should always WALK instead of running from house to house.
- Encourage youngsters to look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Children should walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Tell children to only visit well-lit houses and never accept rides from strangers.
In addition to the above tips designed to keep trick-or-treaters safe, be sure that if you are distributing candy yourself, that you keep your property well-lit and free of tripping and falling hazards to prevent any Halloween night injuries. Wishing you a happy Halloween!
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Nicole Pearson, of Tecumseh, is a Customer Service Representative at Benz Insurance. Nicole loves spending time with her husband, Trevor, has a passion for photography, and occasionally likes to go fishing.