Hallowe’en no time to forget safety

Halloween is nearing and most children are thinking of pumpkins, costumes, and treats.
Halloween is a fun time, and as a parent I look forward to it. However, we all must understand something . . . Halloween poses the danger of unexpected injuries. While this is a rare event, the risk is there if safety practices are not followed.Childrenneed to be closely supervised!
It is important to warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Costume Designs:
Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
If your child is trick-or-treating at dusk or dark . . .decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a vehicles headlights. Bags and sacks should also be light coloured or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. Children should also wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Ensure that scarves and hats are tied securely to prevent them from slipping over the child’s eyes.
Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than having a child wear a loose-fitting mask that restricts breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
Pedestrian Safety:
All young children should always be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child. Instruct children to walk, not run from house to house, and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Stress to children that they must be cautious and not run from between parked vehicles, or cross lawns and yards where lawn furniture, ornaments, or clotheslines present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses:
It is recommended that children should go only to neighbourhoods they know, and only to houses that have outside lights on! Children should never enter homes or apartments unless an adult accompanies them!
People Expecting Trick-or- Treaters:
Remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit-Jack-O-Lanterns must be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
A friendly reminder to you and your family . . . planning ahead can help make this Halloween a safe one!
Safety . . . it starts with you!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a first aid instructor, and served 15 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder. Your Safety was developed in the interest of public safety.

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