Halloween is right around the corner and it is important to be prepared. While many of us love the thrill and scares of Halloween, we certainly do not want a real life tragedy. Here are some trick-or-treat safety tips for the Halloween season:
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30pm to 9:30 pm. Be extra alert for children running into the streets during these times.
- If you have a jack-o-lantern, use a battery operated candle or glow stick rather than a real candle to avoid fire risks.
- Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources.
- Give the children flashlights and glow sticks to help them see better in the dark.
- When choosing a costume, avoid long fabric.
- If wearing a mask, make sure that you can breathe easily and that the eye holes are big enough to allow proper vision.
- Add retro-reflective strips to your child’s costume to help motorists see them.
- Only trick-or-treat at homes with the front porch light on.
- Instruct children to only travel in familiar areas along established routes.
- Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects can present tripping hazards.
- Bags or sacks carried by trick or treaters should be light colored and trimmed with retro-reflective tape.