Halloween Safety Reminders0
By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel
Halloween is on the way with excitement building for little children. While so much has changed about this holiday, safety rules remain. It goes without saying that an adult should accompany young children when they go trick-or-treating. Some towns have organized parades or Halloween parties, sponsored by civic groups or school organizations. These are also fun for children so there is no need to go door-to-door. However, if your child will be going out on Halloween night, here are some tips from the U.S. Government General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that parents should keep in mind.
When you are shopping for a costume, try to coax your child into a brightly colored costume that is visible and easier for cars to spot on dark roads. For darker colored costumes, stick some reflective tape on the costume to help make it more noticeable. Also put the tape on tote bags they are using to hold their candy. Make sure they have a flashlight or glow stick along. Use face paint instead of a mask that might obstruct their view. Before the holiday, test the makeup to make sure the child is not allergic to its ingredients. Avoid costumes that are below their shoe line or that have flowing capes or skirts that might cause them to trip.
It is tempting for children to eat the treats they are receiving along the way, but try to impress on them that they not do this. Throw out any candy that looks opened or partially unwrapped or contains homemade goods if you do not know the giver personally. It seems such a shame to discard homemade items, but err on the side of safety rather than worrying about wasting food.
While on the subject of checking the treats they receive, parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys before the child gets hold of them. By the way, make sure your child’s Halloween costume is flame resistant in the event that a cape or part of the costume does come in contact with a flame.
Pedestrian safety is vital and children should be cautioned against running out between parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, clotheslines or lawn sprinklers present dangers. Sturdy shoes or sneakers are a must and mommy’s high heels should be avoided for little girls’ dress-up costumes.
Wishing everyone a safe, fun and Happy Halloween!