Halloween is a favourite time of year when all of the little ghosts and goblins come out to have fun! With all the excitement of Halloween, there are a few safety tips to remember.
For your children:
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
- Try and choose bright coloured costumes for your child or use reflective tape so that vehicles can see them in the dark.
- Make sure that your child’s costume is a good fit. Costumes that are too big can be a tripping hazard. If the costume is too small, it can be restrictive and can make it hard to breathe. Remember that October weather can be unpredictable and you may have to fit a jacket under your child’s costume.
- There are plenty of jack-o-lanterns hanging around, try and look for costumes that are flame-resistant. Avoid costumes with loose sleeves, pants and skirts.
- Try using make-up instead of masks. Masks can obstruct your child’s view and may cause trouble breathing.
- Make sure that your child doesn’t eat any of their treats until you have examined them. Throw out any candy that is not wrapped, has torn or loose packaging, or has small holes in the wrappers. Don’t let children eat any homemade treats unless you trust the person who provided them.
- Children should stay in well-lit areas, only visit houses that have lights on, and not go inside any house.
- Make sure that any costume props like swords or knives are made of soft, flexible material.
- Slow down and watch for children. Especially in residential areas! Always show caution when entering and exiting a driveway.
- Make sure that your outside lights are on to light the children’s path.
- Make sure that your yard is free from obstacles including hoses, tools, toys and lawn ornaments.
- Try using a flashlight or an LED light candle instead of a flame for your jack-o-lanterns.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!