Halloween Safety Tips for Families with Children
Halloween may be a month away, but preparations to keep children safe can start now. Having a cohesive plan to keep your kids safe is important during the holidays, as it can mean the difference between a happy holiday and a celebration gone wrong. Between unscrupulous characters, traffic while they are crossing the streets, and the activities that come with Halloween, there are a lot of inherent dangers with this holiday compared to others. However, with some safety tips, it can also be the most fun of the holidays for the younger ones.
Unfortunately, Halloween is one of the top nights for emergency room visits. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a night doomed for tragedy. Instead, follow our tips and create your own safety plan for your family to get ahead of the risks associated with the holiday.
Safety Tips for Halloween Activities
With the following tips, kids can have all the fun Halloween has to offer without any of the potential negative consequences.
- Costumes can be the most fun part of Halloween, but they should be chosen with care. They should fit well, as to avoid getting caught or tripping a child. They also should be made from materials that are non-flammable. Accessories should be inspected for potential hazards, especially for younger children. Exercising good judgment in all aspects of a Halloween costume can lead to a happier holiday.
- Visibility should be increased for children, as nights are beginning to get darker more quickly, just as kids are roaming the streets for candy. This can be achieved through reflective gear on costumes or by wearing glow sticks. Be sure to instruct kids not to put the glow sticks in their mouths, as it could lead to a puncture of the stick and make them ill.
- Younger children should be chaperoned at all times while trick-or-treating. This can be a good opportunity to teach them how to use crosswalks and not dart into traffic, leading to better safety all year round.
- Novelty makeup can be fun, but it can also be the cause of an allergic reaction. If your child has never worn such makeup before, be sure to test it on a small patch of skin before Halloween day to ensure they don’t have a reaction.
- Using batteries rather than lit candles in jack-o-lanterns will not only make it a safer Halloween for children but will be safer for your home.
If tragedy does strike on Halloween and a member of your family suffers a personal injury due to a motorist or careless homeowner, contact us. Our team will help achieve justice for your holiday gone wrong.