Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween approaching, many communities will be holding celebrations this weekend. Here are some tips you can use to better ensure safety for those little “pumpkins” that will be out trick-or-treating.

  • A well-lighted and clear path to your door is important if you’re passing out treats.  Leaving your porch light on will let children know they’re welcome.
  • Review important safety rules with children before Halloween and again prior to trick-or-treating.
  • Make sure your children trick-or-treat with an adult.
  • Inspect all treats before your children eat them and discard anything that’s unwrapped.
  • Check candy wrappers for signs of tampering, wash and cut all fruit and call the police about anything suspicious.
  • Make sure costumes fit well and that your children can see and be seen after dark.
  • Instruct children to trick-or-treat in your neighborhood and at homes they know.
  • Carry a flashlight or use portable marking lights available at local hardware stores.
  • When decorating with lights, purchase only those labeled by a testing laboratory, such as Underwriter Laboratories (UL).  Check for frayed or damaged cords and keep the path to your door free of electric cords.  Don’t overload electric outlets and always unplug all decorative lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Encourage children to stay on sidewalks and to walk only on well-lighted streets.
  • Know which friends your children will be with and which route they plan to take.
  • Drivers are urged to use caution in residential areas and to turn on their headlights. Trick-or-treaters can often become distracted and sometimes fail to look both ways before crossing the street.