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Halloween Safety Guide

By Stephanie Falcone


 

 

It's just about that time of year! With this super sweet holiday, be sure to make it a safe one as well. With help from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), I have created this safety guide for parents to ensure this Halloween is surely a treat!

When it comes to costumes:

  • Steer children in the direction of bright fabrics, even better ones that are reflective
    **Add reflective tape to costume and trick or treat bags



  • Make sure shoes fit comfortably and costume is of appropriate length to prevent any nasty falls

  • Suggest hats or non toxic face paint instead of masks as a safer alternative

  • Avoid swords or costumes with violent props

    **A child can be easily injured if he trips/ falls



  • Do not wear decorative contact lenses. As creepy and fun these might be, these lenses are not prescribed by a professional, cause serious damage and are in fact illegal.


When it comes to pumpkins: 


  • Young children should be encouraged to paint their pumpkin, not carve for obvious reasons

  • For carved pumpkins, use flashlights for the safest lighting option. If candles are insisted, votive candles are safest.

  • Candle lit pumpkins should never be left unattended

  • Place lit pumpkins someone sturdy and far away from flammable objects (ex. Curtains)


When it comes to your home:

  • Double check outdoor lights for visitors/ replace burnt bulbs

  • Safety proof your outdoors for trick or treaters. Remove anything children could potentially trip over (ex. Flower pots, garden hose)

  • Sweep wet leaves on pathway and steps, maybe even snow!

  • Restrict pets from contact with visitors due to excitement (jumping, biting) or allergies


When it comes to trick or treating:

  • Children should always be with a responsible adult, even just around the neighborhood

  • Only knock on doors with lights on, that is the universal sign for "guests are welcome"

  • Carry a cell phone (parents)

  • Use sidewalks and stay on well lit streets

  • For safety reasons, do not cut across yards

  • Always use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing

  • All children and adults should carry a flashlight

  • Be sure your child is familiar with 9-1-1 in case of emergency


When it comes to health:

  • Before children go wild, an adult should examine all treats throwing away all expired or treats that have been tampered with

  • Candy is not the only treat, consider investing in fun Halloween coloring books/ pencils / nick nacks

  • Ration candy and other treats to avoid belly aches and further health concerns


 

Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween!
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