Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Safety on Halloween!!!
Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats. However, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year. Plus, falls are a leading cause of injury among children on Halloween. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise young children.
• Select costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames. Look for the words “flame retardant” or “flame resistant” on all costumes and accessories.
• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
• Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider using face paint instead of masks or a decorative hat.
• Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
• Never let children carry candles, torches or other open flames as part of a costume.
• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
• Go only to well-lit houses/yards and remain on porches….never enter a home.
• Travel in groups accompanied by an adult.
• Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
• Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
• Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
WHEN HOSTING TRICK-OR-TREATERS AT YOUR HOME, KEEP THESE SAFETY TIPS IN MIND:
• Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks of any trip hazards.
• Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
• Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.
• Drive slowly in your neighborhood while trick-or-treaters are out.
o Watch for children in the street and on medians.
o Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
Provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Section