With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to think about those Halloween hazards that could cost you. Here are some safety tips from E. R. Munro and Company that will prevent scary Halloween risks:
- Prevent accidents: Remove or move lawn furniture or other obstacles to avoid accidents or damage. Make sure your home’s sidewalks and porch steps are free of loose or broken pieces.
- Fire dangers: Make sure pumpkins containing candles are placed at a distance where a child’s costume cannot be ignited or a guest may knock it over. Extinguish all candles before going to bed. Consider using battery-operated lights wherever possible.
- Costume safety: All costumes should be made from fire-resistant materials and shouldn’t be too long or contain sharp accessories. Try to avoid masks that may obscure vision and try to use hypo-allergenic make-up.
- See and be seen: Encourage each trick-or-treater and adult chaperones to carry a flashlight. Apply light-reflecting material to costumes.
- Don’t drink and drive: Drive sober, slowly and more carefully than usual on Halloween when trick-or-treaters are out in the neighborhoods. Watch closely for children who may be running or wearing dark costumes in the road.
- Power in numbers: Trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and cross only at corners and crosswalks. Never walk between parked cars. Stay on well-lit streets.
- Unwelcomed guests: Scare away potential vandals who often use Halloween night to destroy private property. Keep outdoor lights on.
- Pet safety: Keep pets indoors. Tell children to stay away from animals as they go trick-or-treating.
- Candy inspection: Inspect all of your children’s treats. Never eat unwrapped items. Collect candy only from those you know. Throw away any suspicious candy. Ask the local police department if they offer a candy x-ray and/or inspection service.
Have a fun and safe Halloween.
E. R. Munro and Company