Halloween Safety Tips
When we think about Halloween, what comes to mind are costumes and candy. But you also shouldn’t forget about safety. Here are a few tips!
Tips for little kids:
- Add reflective tape to your kids’ costumes to make sure they,re visible at night;
- Choose a short costume to avoid tripping;
- Avoid masks: they could impair your children’s vision and hearing. Make-up will have the same impressive effect, but your kids will be much safer;
- If your kids are old enough, give them flashlights. They’ll see better and be more visible to motorists;
- If your kids are only with friends and unaccompanied by adults, ask for their itinerary and the time they’ll return;
- Make sure they visit houses as a group or with an adult and always wait outside;
- Have them visit houses on one side of the street at a time, to avoid criss-crossing, and watch out for cars;
- Warn them of the dangers of getting too close to a car and to never get in a car without your permission;
- Check their haul of candy with them.
Tips for big kids:
- Carved pumpkins are cool, but watch how you use that knife!
- Dress up! But even for you, it’s best to avoid masks. If you really want to wear one, make sure your vision is not impaired;
- If you’re entertaining, candles can create a nice gloomy atmosphere. Avoid placing them in a way that they could fall or set one of your guests on fire;
- Avoid cumbersome costume accessories. They could be hazardous (and more importantly, they could get caught up in one of those unsupervised candles!);
- If you drink, don’t drive. Make alternate plans to get home. Choosing a designated driver or taking a taxi is always wiser!