Halloween is a fun and festive time for the entire family. Parties, parades, and trick-or-treating make for some of our most-cherished childhood memories. At DiTomaso Law, we offer a few simple safety tips to ensure that Halloween is accident-free and enjoyable.
- Creative Costumes: Costumes should be bright and reflective if children are going to wear them at night. Reflective tape can be added to darker apparel to ensure that motorists can see your trick-or-treater. Make-up can replace masks that do not offer good visibility. Parents should check costumes for labels indicating that they are flame–resistant. Children can slip or trip over costumes that are too long or contain elements that drag on the ground. If knives, swords or other weapons are part of the costume, make sure they are soft, rubber or plastic replicas.
- Trick-or-Treating Tips: Parents should accompany younger children and only visit neighbors they know well. Older children should adhere to local curfews and travel in groups. Trick-or-treaters are pedestrians and should follow basic safety guidelines like crossing at crosswalks and not walking between parked cars to reduce the risk of a car accident. Children should stick to well-lit areas and avoid cutting across yards. Children can carry flashlights or glow sticks for added visibility.
- Smart Snacking: Parents should always check children’s treats for any signs of tampering. Treats like gumballs can be choking hazards for smaller children and should be thrown away. Parents should also remove candy that can be dangerous to children with food allergies. Pencils, stickers, and temporary tattoos are fun alternatives to Halloween candy.
- Discerning Decorating: Halloween is a time for fantasy and imagination. Many homeowners create elaborate displays for party guests and trick or treaters. Open flames are one of the most dangerous Halloween hazards. Consider using flameless candles in jack-o-lanterns and other displays. Knives and other dangerous props should not be included in Halloween haunts. Plastic replicas provide the spook factor without the danger.
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