It’s time to dust off the spooky decorations and plan out your costumes because Halloween is quickly approaching! Whether your Halloween consists of taking the kids trick-or-treating, throwing a scarily good party, turning your house into a house of horrors, or simply turning your lights out, Halloween is a time to have fun and be creative while keeping safety concerns in mind.
With Halloween comes, an increase in the amount of foot traffic on the streets, so it’s important to take extra care whether you're trick-or-treating, driving or decorating your home to be the scariest on the block. Each year there are 3,500 reports of injury, so follow these tips to ensure you keep all of the ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween:
- Remove obstacles from your driveway and steps before trick-or-treaters head out.
- The more decorations the better, just keep in mind, not to overload extension cords.
- Keep outside jack-o’-lanterns away from areas where trick-or-treaters are walking.
- Indoor candles or jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from curtains and other decorations and not left unattended.
- Although a dimly lit home can be used for spooky effect, create a well-lit path for your costumed visitors.
- Slow down! Since you know that there will be lots of kids around, be extra alert while driving No need to speed, especially in residential areas where there is an increased amount of trick-or-treaters.
- Eliminate any distractions. Put away your cell phone; lower loud music and reduce other distractions to ensure your full attention is on the road. You can blast MonsterMash once you’re homesafe.
- Costumes can limit kids vision so even if they are looking in your direction, proceed with caution.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially careful and keep an eye out for kids during these hours.
- Select costumes that have bright colours or add reflective elements to the costume to increase visibility.
- Choose costumes that fit properlyto avoid tripping hazards. Kids aspire to collect as much candy as humanly possible on this one day so by choosing the appropriate size their night won’t end unexpectedly early.
- Provide kids with flashlights and/or glow sticks to increase visibility.
- Choose face paint instead of masks as it may limit your child’s vision while trick-or-treating.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Make sure to look both ways before crossing the road and teach kids to make eye contact with vehicles before crossing the street.
- Go out as a group and stick to a route you are familiar with.
- Children under the age of twelve should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child.
- Don’t accept homemade treats, only packaged manufacturer treats.
- Monitor candy collected for allergens and read any unfamiliar packaging before handing over the candy.
Halloween is scary enough. Follow these tips to have a shockingly fun Halloween this year…if you dare.
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