Don’t Overlook These 5 Safety Tips This Hallowe’en!

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement of Halloween, but the night will be more enjoyable if you remind yourself of these 5 safety tips.

Witches, vampires and goblins may be lurking in darkened street corners, but the number of preventable accidents that occur each Hallowe’en is the most frightening part of this night.

Heed these 5 safety tips so that you can all enjoy the tricks and the treats that accompany one of our most-anticipated festivals.

  1. Did you know that, according to Safe Kids Canada, children under the age of 9 are not developmentally capable of crossing streets safely on their own? If your Princess and Spiderman falls in this age group, be sure to send them out with a trusted adult. Looking left, then right, then left again is still the way to go. Have your children practice this with you every time you go out on walks – and get those ears listening for traffic as well. Make sure your children know to cross at designated crossing zones only, like at the ends of sidewalks or at painted crosswalks. It’s so tempting to dart out into the street in the excitement of things; remind your children that the roads still belong to cars on Hallowe’en night.
  2. If you’re trick or treating in any area where there are no sidewalks and you have to walk on the roads, remember to walk facing oncoming traffic. This makes you easier to spot by drivers. Using a flashlight pointed to the front and down will also help.
  3. Candle-lit jack o’ lanterns are spooky and fun, but an obvious fire hazard for those long capes and trailing costumes on crowded doorsteps. Be sure to purchase flame-retardant garb for your littles – and it doesn’t hurt to go over ‘stop, drop and roll’ as a precautionary measure.
  4. Ditch the mask and grab some face paints instead! You may need a little extra time (and creativity) to get ready, but masks can be a visual impairment. Bright colours will make your child more visible so if it’s possible, be sure to incorporate those into the costume/face paint. If the clothes need to be dark, add some reflector tape at various points around the back and sides of the costume.
  5. Set rules around candy consumption: it’s never a good idea to eat while you’re out trick or treating. For one thing, it’s difficult to inspect the candy properly in the dark (you want to make sure the package is not punctured or previously opened – and you definitely don’t want to eat anything homemade). Also, you don’t need your children hyped up on sugar on a night that has already got them excited!

There’s no need to bog yourself or your children down with a thousand do’s and don’ts; the tips outlined in this article, coupled with some good old fashioned common sense on the part of a trusted adult companion, should make the night spooky but not frightful.

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