Halloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.
- When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eyeholes are large enough so he or she can see out.
- Provide children with ﬂashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- Dried ﬂowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch ﬁre easily. Keep all decorations away from open ﬂames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, ﬁreplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
- Tell children to stay away from open ﬂames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they knowhow to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches ﬁre. Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the ﬂames out.
- If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
- Did you know decorations are the first thing to ignite in roughly 800 reported homes fires each year? More than one-third of these fires are started by a candle.