Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by both children and parents alike. However, Halloween can pose major safety risks for children if proper precautions are not followed. Halloween can easily become a nightmare when you combine darkness, unsupervised children and costumes that may make visibility difficult. By following a few Halloween safety tips from our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton, you can reduce the odds of a child injury affecting your family.
- Make sure costumes are bright and reflective. Costumes should also be short enough to prevent tripping or contact with flame.
- Try adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- Make sure all costumes and accessories are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child can easily get hurt by these accessories.
- Children should be equipped with flashlights with fresh batteries for trolling around dark streets.
- Give your child a cell phone and teach him or her how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Small children should not carve pumpkins. A safer alternative is to have children draw a face with markers and then parents can do the cutting.
- Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you are using a candle to light your pumpkin, votive candles are best.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave them unattended.
- You want to keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters,so it is best to remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations from the front yard and porch area.
- Replace any burned-out bulbs outside.
- Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps.
- Keep any pets restrained so they do not jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
- A parent or other responsible adult should always accompany young children when trick-or-treating.
- If your older children are going alone, plan their route and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for candy.
- Carry a cell phone for quick communication or emergency calls.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- Do not cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never assume as a pedestrian that you have the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters, so be extra cautious!
- You should notify police immediately about any suspicious or unlawful activity.