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Halloween Safety

October 22, 2010

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- Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

 Flame Resistant Costumes

- Wear costumes, wigs and accessories that have a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

- To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.

 Costume Designs

- Wear costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

- For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.

- To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.

- Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.

- Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.  High heels are not a good idea for safe walking.

- Hats and head accessories should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.

- Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.

- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.

 Pedestrian Safety

- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

- All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.

- Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, lawn equipment or other present dangers.

 Choosing Safe Houses

- Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.

- Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.


- Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, and then parents can do the cutting.

- Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.

- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended

People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited. Check light bulbs to be sure they work.