Whether you’re taking the kids trick-or-treating, turning your home into a haunted house or hosting a ghoulish party, Halloween is a time to have fun but also be aware of safety concerns. Did you know that an estimated 3,500 Halloween-related injuries happen each year?
With numbers like that, it’s important to keep safety in mind this Halloween, so here are some easy tips to keep your ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween:
· If you were going to dress up as a clown; you may want to rethink that decision.
· Only eat manufacturer packaged candy; no homemade treats.
· Don't take candy from strangers…. Oh wait, nevermind.
· Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
· Look both ways and double check before you cross the street.
· Don't text and walk! Keep your head up; walk, don't run.
· Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
· Always walk on the sidewalk or path. If there is no sidewalk available keep to the side of the road as much as possible.
· Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
· Children under the age of 12 should not be trick or treating alone at night without adult supervision.
· Decorate your costumes with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, use light colours.
· Choose face paint and makeup over masks whenever possible as to not obstruct a child’s view when trick or treating.
· Have kids carry a glow stick or a flashlight to keep them visible to drivers
· When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
· Slow down! One day of the year you know there will be many kids running around on the streets, no need to speed.
· Even when going slow pay extra attention; children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
· Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Double check all your mirrors before backing up.
· Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially careful and keep and eye out for kids during these hours.
Halloween is scary enough as is! Follow these tips to make sure you and you and your loved ones have a safe and frightful Halloween!
Most importantly, stay away from clowns…