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Halloween Safety Tips
Here are some easy to follow safety tips in preparing for and
- Carry a flashlight
- Walk, don't run
- Stay on sidewalks
- Obey traffic signals
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods
- Don't cut across yards or driveways
- No sidewalk? Walk on the left side of the road facing
- Approach only houses that are lit.
- If you buy a costume, look for on made of flame retardant
- Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
- Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
- Make your child eat dinner before setting out
- Children should carry quarters so they can call home
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an
- Older children should know where to reach you and when to be
- You should know where they are going
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the treats
home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that
- Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses,
dog leashes and lower pots that can trip the young ones.
- Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a
- If you do us candles, place the pumpkin well away from where
trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into
a flaming candle
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include
packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve
packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later
- Nonfood treats: plastic rings, stickers, erasers,
- Go slow, slow, slow all evening
- Adult Halloween partiers should have a designated driver.
Halloween pumpkin carving web sites: www.thepumpkinfarm.com/carvemenu.html
Lucky 13 Tricks for a Safe
1. Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have
an adult go with you.
2. Wear light-colored or reflective type clothing so you are more
visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards,
and brooms, too!)
3. Use face paint rather than masks or thing that will cover your
4. Cross the street only at corners.
5. Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars,
trucks and low flying brooms.
6. Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
7. Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks; not in the street.
8. Carry a flashlight to light your way.
9. Visit homes that have the porch light on.
10. Be cautious of strangers and animals.
11. Keep away from open fires and candles. "Costumes can be
12. Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's
13. Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating them. And
don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces
of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
Source: American Red Cross
More Halloween Safety
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help
ensure they have a safe holiday here are some tips from the American
Academy of Pediatrics and the Los Angeles Fire Department.
All Dressed Up:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that
shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent
tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and
Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number)
discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic
makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and
purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and
- Teach children to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency
number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that
9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.
- Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at
Carving a Niche:
- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw
a face with markers, then parents can do the cutting. Under
parents' supervision, children ages 5 to 10 can carve with pumpkin
cutters equipped with safety bars.
- Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins.
- Lighted pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from
curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left
Home Safe Home:
- To keep their home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters,
parents should remove anything a child could trip over such as
garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out
- Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload
electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
- Plan and review with your children the route which is
acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when revelers must
- Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts
should wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive
slowly throughout the community.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will
discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though
tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all
treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious
- Try to portion treats for the days following Halloween.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause
choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an
A Parent or responsible adult should always accompany young
children on their neighborhood rounds. Remind Trick-or Treaters:
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- By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the
roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street.
- Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as
recognized by local custom).
- Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before
crossing a street, driveway or alley.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble
seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean
- Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of
any suspicious or unlawful activity
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