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Ah, Halloween, one of the most beloved holidays by children and
adults alike. Planning ahead and taking a few safety precautions can
make this fun holiday a safe one too.
Copyright © October 2005 Low Carb Luxury
Before the big night: Talk about Halloween safety with your
children. Talk about appropriate behavior and what is inappropriate.
Gather flashlights with fresh batteries for every child and adult who
plans to trick or treat.
Review the "Stop-Drop-Roll" technique with
your children in case their clothes catch on fire. Prepare your
property for visitors in the yard. Look for items that might trip or
otherwise harm visitors.
Refresh your CPR skills (or take a class if
you've never taken it) so that you will be ready in case of
emergency. Check the status of your first aid kit, especially noting
your stock of burn creme, anti-itch ointment, bandages and antibiotic
ointment. Check the date on your Syrup of Ipecac in case of ingestion
of poison. Plan a filling dinner for your family. Children will be
less likely to begin munching on the way home with a full tummy.
When decorating, be sure to use common sense. Do not overload electrical
outlets. Keep Jack O' Lanterns away from flammable materials,
curtains, drapes and decorations. Place Jack O' Lanterns out of the
main path. Consider using liquid chemical light strips for eerie and
fire-free Jack O' Lanterns.
Make certain that family pets are well
secured, wearing collars and identification tags.
Childrens' Halloween costumes should be: bright, reflective, and
short enough that chances of tripping or contact with flame are
reduced. Costumes that are baggy and oversized or high-heeled shoes
can cause injury by falls or accidental contact with fire.
wigs and other accessories should only be purchased if
flame-resistant. Hats and non-toxic makeup are a better choice than
masks which reduce visibility, block eyesight and can hinder
Treat bags and costumes can be trimmed with reflective
tape to increase visibility. Write your child's name, address and
phone number somewhere in the costume, and show this to your child in
case of accidental separation.
Be certain that props simulating
weapons (guns, knives, swords) are soft, flexible and do not look
real. Wands also should be flexible and soft.
All young children should be escorted by a parent or responsible
adult. If you live in an area prone to mosquitoes or other bothersome
critters, remember to spray everyone well with bug repellant. Remind
the children that they should walk, stay on sidewalks when possible,
and obey all traffic signals. If there is no sidewalk be sure to walk
on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
by an adult make an excellent transport for easily tired youngsters.
Bicycles are NOT a good idea for trick-or-treating. Your child's or
another child's costume could get caught in the spokes and cause
Create your trick-or-treat journey in familiar
neighborhoods. Use sidewalks or other designated pathways up to
homes. Dangers such as holes in the grass or sharp objects could be
masked by the darkness.
Trick-or-treat only at homes with porch
lights or other Halloween lights on. NEVER enter the home of a
stranger. Accept treats only in the doorway or outside. Do not allow
children to eat any treats until checked by an adult.
Be very careful
around lit Jack O' Lanterns. Remember your manners and say "Thank
Older children should plan their route ahead of time and describe
it in detail to their parents. Un-escorted older children should
travel in groups of at least three children and carry change for
emergency phone calls and be reminded that 911 is free from pay
After the Trick or Treating Check all of your child's candy
before allowing your child to eat any. Do not allow your child to eat
unwrapped candy, opened candy or fruit. Be sure to monitor the amount
of candy your child eats at a time to prevent stomach aches. Make
sure to sort hard candies and other items that can cause choking out
of a very young child's candy.