It’s that wonderful time of year where our creativity collides with our children’s joy. As we prepare our kids for this amazing holiday, we must always remember to stay safe and establish rules to protect your young ones from any harmful danger. Here are crucial Halloween Safety Tips that will help ease any worry you have for your children.
Preparing the Costumes
With young children especially, costume design plays an important role in your child’s safety. When choosing a costume try to accomplish the following:
- Decorate bags and costumes with reflective stickers and tape and try to keep to bright colors
- Try to use makeup rather than masks which could obstruct vision
- Ensure your child carries glow sticks or flashlights to keep visibility and allow drivers to see them
- Make sure the costume is the right size and doesn’t drag to avoid trips and falls
- Try to avoid from using decorative contact lenses as improper wear can cause severe damage
- Test out makeup before halloween to ensure no allergic reactions or swelling occurs. Remove before bedtime to keep away from irritating skin or eyes
It is especially important to drive extra safe this Halloween. Prime time for trick or treaters is around 5:30 to 9:30, however keeping an eye out for young children who may run across streets is of the utmost importance. So when driving down residential roads, keep the speed down to 10 MPH.
Trick or Treating
The best part of Halloween for our children is the actual trick or treating. They will be so excited that they’ll run off, go quickly between doors, and be extremely clumsy. Most Halloween Safety Tips fall within this section, so here are some recommended tips for when your children are out trick or treating:
- Trick or Treat with an Adult or in a large group. Children 12 and under should not trick or treat without adult supervision.
- Ensure they stick to well-lit areas and stay on the sidewalks. If they have to walk on the road, it must be on the side of the road of oncoming traffic.
- Cross at street corners and use traffic signals and crosswalks
- Look both ways.
- No running at all. Not only will it prevent trips and falls, but it may scare cars into thinking children will dart into the road.
- Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
- Only enter homes if the child is with you or a trusted adult
- Give your child a meal before they go out and try to warn them from snacking on candy before coming home.
After making sure your child has not snacked on anything (at least anything that isn’t commercially wrapped), candy inspection holds the most crucial halloween safety tips. When the kids return, here are some tips of what to look for:
- Do not accept and especially do not eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Things like baked goods or homemade candies should not be consumed.
- For very young children, remove choking hazards such as: gum, peanuts, hard candies, and small toys.
- Inspect commercially wrapped candy for: unusual appearance, discoloration, pinholes, or tears in the wrappers. Throw away anything suspicious.
- Be wary of any perishables and check expiration dates.
- Any commercially wrapped candies that can easily be wrapped again should be tossed. These include Blow Pops, Tootsie Rolls or many hard candies.
Have a Safe Halloween!
We at Crucial Vacuum wish you and your loved ones a safe and fun Halloween. While these are precautionary measures, we hope these tips will help you remember to keep your children safe for this amazing holiday.