It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, and at the end of the month comes Halloween. If you have children or plan on handing out candy this year, then we’ve prepared a few safety tips in order to make sure that everything runs smoothly for you and your family or friends. If you have children that are planning to go out to trick or treat this year then we know there are potential dangers lurking around the corner.
We may not like to think about it, but there are a lot of accidents and injuries that happen during this time of the year and we want to help prevent that from happening to you and your loved ones. The first step is to make sure that the costumes being worn are safe. This means planning out costumes that are bright and reflective so they are easy to spot in a crowd, and also make sure that the costumes are short enough to prevent from tripping on. It’s easy to step on the ends of longer costumes and that could cause wounds, sprains or broken bones. If the costume that is planned calls for a mask, attempt to use non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as safer alternatives as masks obstruct eyesight. Does your family decorate pumpkins every year? If so, one thing to avoid is allowing a child to carve the pumpkin. It can be dangerous, especially if they are left unsupervised, so it is advised that they draw on the pumpkins with markers as an alternative. Instead of a candle, consider using a flashlight or glow stick in order to light your pumpkins this year. If you choose to use candles then make sure that that the pumpkin is placed on a sturdy table or surface and away from any flammable objects such as curtains or papers. Especially make sure that candlelit pumpkins are not left on the porch or any path where visitors are passing close by to.
There’s the chance they could be knocked over and become a potential fire hazard. If you plan on doing any kind of driving this Halloween then please make sure that you are keeping your eyes on the road at all times. Avoid looking at your cell phones to avoid distractions and make sure that your headlights are in working order if you plan to go out at night. Sometimes it can be hard to see those that are trick or treating due to the nature of their costume, so be sure to keep your eyes on your surroundings at all times. Never speed through neighborhoods and try to avoid them if at all possible during the time that you know children will be out and about. If you’re staying home for Halloween, then we also have a few safety tips as well. Make sure that all toys and possible obstructions are removed from your yard if you plan on handing out candy this Halloween. Also be sure to check all outdoor bulbs and replace any that are not working so that trick or treaters have the ability to see their path and are able to avoid tripping or falling. Last, but not least, always be sure to restrain any pets so that they do not jump or bite. Even if the pet is well behaved, it’s still better to be cautious as pets can get overwhelmed just as much as we can. Those are just a few safety tips to make sure that your spooktacular Halloween doesn’t turn into a disaster!
Make sure that you and your family are safe, and make sure that those visiting your home are safe as well. There are plenty of ways to make sure that everyone remains free of injury this Holiday, so make sure you do your research and put these safety precautions into action.