Halloween is right around the corner. Kids are excited to dress up and show their costume at school or community event. But as a parent or guardian, it’s important to keep in mind several safety concerns.
· Small children should never carve pumpkins.
· Decorate with markers, glitter glue or paint.
· Light pumpkins with flashlights, battery-operated flame-less candles or glow sticks.
· All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
· Make sure the costume fits to avoid tripping.
· Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
· Add reflector strips to your child's costume or trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
· Do not use decorative contact lenses. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
· A responsible adult should always walk with children when trick-or-treating in neighborhoods.
· Use a flashlight and glow sticks.
· Only go to homes where the porch light is on.
· Walk on sidewalks whenever possible and cross the street on corners or where there is a crosswalk.
· Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
· Tell kids not to eat any candy while walking, wait until you are home so you can inspect the candy. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
· Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs.
· Don't use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving on Halloween night.
· Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
· Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
· Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.