Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is a cherished tradition but the
excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no
real "trick" to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family.
The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and
Both children and adults need to think about
safety on this annual day of make-believe.
The Fairacres Fire Department urges
motorists to be especially alert on Halloween.
- Watch for children darting out from
between parked cars.
- Watch for children walking on
roadways, medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys
- At twilight and later in the
evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
Before children start out on their
"trick or treat" rounds, parents should:
- Make sure that an adult or an older
responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under
- Plan and discuss the route
trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older
- Instruct your children to travel
only in familiar areas and along an established route.
- Teach your children to stop only at
houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never
to enter a stranger's home.
- Establish a return time.
- Tell your youngsters not to eat any
treat until they return home.
- Review all appropriate
trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic
- Pin a slip of paper with the child's
name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster
gets separated from the group.
- Only fire-retardant materials should
be used for costumes.
- Costumes should be loose so warm
clothes can be worn underneath.
- Costumes should not be so long that
they are a tripping hazard. (Falls are the leading cause of
unintentional injuries on Halloween.)
- If children are allowed out after
dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of
retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.
- Masks can obstruct a child's vision.
Use facial make-up instead.
- When buying special Halloween
makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled
"Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,"
"Laboratory Tested," Meets Federal Standards for
Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's
instruction for application.
- If masks are worn, they should have
nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
- Knives, swords and other accessories
should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow
children to carry sharp objects.
- Bags or sacks carried by youngsters
should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if
children are allowed out after dark.
- Carrying flashlights will help
children see better and be seen more clearly.
|On the way
Children should understand and follow
- Do not enter homes or apartments
without adult supervision.
- Walk, do not run, from house to
house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the
uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the
- Walk on the left side of the road,
facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
To ensure a safe trick-or-treat outing,
parents are urged to:
- Give children an early meal before
- Insist that treats be brought home
for inspection before anything is eaten.
- Wash fruit and slice into small
- When in doubt, throw it out.