Make this Halloween a safe and happy experience for the whole family. Keep your child’s safety in mind when planning costumes, decorations, treats and activities.
Tips for Parents:
- Use hypoallergenic make up or face paint instead of masks. Masks make it hard for children to see and breathe.
- Choose brightly coloured, flame resistant costumes that can be worn over warm clothing. Add reflective tape to help drivers see you and your child. Avoid long dresses or capes that children can trip over.
- Give each child a flashlight to carry.
- Go trick and treating with your children.
- If your child has allergies, tell the person handing out the treats.
- Teach your children to be careful crossing the street. Make sure they look both ways and only cross when no cars are coming. Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street and then go down the other side.
- Check your child’s candy to make sure everything is okay before they eat it. Remember that gum and hard candy are choking hazards for small children. Check toys for small parts and do not let children under 3 play with them.
- Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
- Remove items from your yard or porch that people might trip over.
- Remember that some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or a yo-yo.
For more information, visit http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/security-securite/home-maison/halloween-eng.php
Wishing you all a safe and spooky Hallowe’en!