Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is fun! Many people look forward to this day for the costumes, candy, and parties! It’s important that your Halloween safety plan is in place. Here are safety tips for families and adults:

Costume Safety

1. Choose nontoxic face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct vision.
2. Make sure a costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
3. Wear costumes, wigs, and accessories that are clearly labeled indicating they are flame resistant.
4. Choose accessories that are not too sharp or long that may injure if fallen onto it.
5. Avoid decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.

Home Safety

1. Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
2. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
3. Light the area well so the visitors can see.
4. Move your vehicles to the street to make driveways/sidewalks more accessible for trick-or-treaters.
5. Restrain pets so they don’t frighten visitors or get out of your home/yard and get lost. Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag, and if possible an updated microchip.

Public Safety

1. Keep your guard up against criminals. Don’t travel alone, and keep items such as mobile phones, purses, and electronics out of sight.
2. If you’re in a large crowd, keep your head on a swivel. Watch for suspicious activity and know the area and routes to take in an emergency.
3. If you plan to be drinking you will not have your personal defense tools with you, so have someone nearby that you can rely on for your personal safety.
4. Don’t ever set your drink down.
5. If you suddenly don’t trust your date or the people you’re with, then find a waiter or someone who can keep you in a safe location until you’re able to go home.
6. Before you go out know your options for transportation and decide whether you’ll take public transportation, use a ridesharing service, or carpool with your friends.
7. Make sure your loved ones know where you’re going to be and when you’re going to be home.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

1. Stay in a group and make a plan of the route you’ll be taking before you head out.
2. Provide kids with glow sticks or flashlights (and/or add reflective tape to their costumes/bags) to help them see and be seen by others.
3. Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
4. Keep electronic devices stowed away and keep heads up, but carry a cellphone for quick communication.
5. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
7. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
8. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk or far edge of the roadway.
9. Notify law enforcement authorities immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
10. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Teen Safety

1. Set a reasonable curfew with your kids for their Halloween activities.
2. Make sure drivers understand the additional dangers of driving on the holiday (see below).
3. Encourage teens to stay in one location instead of hopping from party to party.
4. Check in with your teen at different times throughout the evening.

Driving on Halloween

1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

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