Halloween may be scary but it doesn’t have to be hazardous. Yet, it is imperative that parents become educated about these potential dangers and take the necessary precautions to keep children and pets safe.
In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other night of the year. In addition, falls and burns are also a common cause of injuries among children.
Here are some pointers to ensure a fun, safe and happy Halloween:
1. Make sure your child’s costume (including beards, masks and wigs) is clearly marked as flame resistant or look for flame resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester. Avoid billowing or long trailing features, especially those made of lightweight fabrics or materials.
Your child should wear well-fitting shoes to prevent trips and falls. Costume accessories, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.
2. Consider non-toxic makeup instead of a mask. Facial gear can obstruct the child’s vision or restrict breathing. If they do wear a mask, make sure the child can see and breathe easily.
3. Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape or stickers. Reflective tape and stickers will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Equip your child with a flashlight or glow stick to illuminate pathways and curbs. Make sure to stay on well-lighted streets. Read More