From trick-or-treating to pumpkin carving, Halloween is a fun time of year for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has compiled a great list of Halloween safety tips. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the top ways to make sure your Halloween is a safe one.
When selecting or creating a child’s Halloween costume, make sure that it is bright and reflective, so the child can easily be seen after dark. (You might even consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility.) Shoes should fit properly and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping.
Masks can limit eyesight. Makeup and hats are often safer alternatives. When purchasing Halloween costumes, wigs, and accessories, check to make sure that they have a label indicating that they are flame resistant.
Trick or Treat!
If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, make sure that your porch and front yard are clear of obstacles such as garden hoses and toys. Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps, restrain your pets, and check outdoor lights to be sure that they are in good working order.
Young children should always be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating. Bring a flashlight and do not enter a home or vehicle to obtain a treat. Stay on the sidewalk and don’t cut across yards or use alleys as a shortcut. Don’t assume that you have the right of way. Drivers may not see trick or treaters, so exercise extra care when crossing the street or walking near motor vehicles.
Small children do not have the motor skills to safely carve a pumpkin. To involve them, have the children draw their design on a pumpkin with markers, then have an adult do the carving. Lighting your jack-o-lantern with a flashlight or glow stick is a safer alternative to the traditional candle. If you do choose to use a candle, do not leave it unattended.
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