Halloween can be a fun occasion for children and parents alike. Soon the streets will be filled with trick-or-treaters dressed as ghosts, witches, and monsters. However, amidst these frightful costumes lie real dangers that are often overlooked or ignored and lead to injury. But have no fear; KID is here with some tips for parents and caregivers to make it a safe and fun day for all.
- Costumes should be close fitting and/or made of flame resistant fabric to avoid catching on a candle or flames. Learn more about costumes here.
- Give children glow sticks or a flashlight and use reflectors on their costumes to make them visible to motorists and help them find their way.
- To avoid tripping and falling, costumes should not obstruct vision or movement. Instead of masks, use face paint.
- Small toys can be a choking hazard for children under 3, so keep them out of your candy basket or provide alternatives.
Halloween fire hazards: http://www.nfpa.org/halloween
Driving, walking safe on Halloween: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips