September 01, 2014

Halloween Safety Recommendations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has established a some safety tips that can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.                     

Treats:
Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
     
Costume Designs:
Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
                                                                                                                 
For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated
with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware,
bicycle, and sporting goods stores.

Children should also carry flashlights to increase visibility

  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother' s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking. 
  • Hats and scarves should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes. 
  • Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.

Pedestrian Safety:
Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.

Choosing Safe Houses:
Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.

  • Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  • People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.

 See the following links for more information regarding Halloween Safety.

http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/hallow.html

More Tips from the FM Safe Kids Coalition

Halloween Safety Article October 20, 2009