Helpful Halloween Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 01 at 10:50 AM
Category: Arvest News

The combination of costumes and candy makes Halloween a wildly popular holiday with kids – and some adults, too. Before you and/or your children get too caught up in the fun, though, remember some simple safety ideas can make your Halloween a more enjoyable experience. Before you go out trick-or-treating or attend that Halloween party, consider this list of tips:

T – Test makeup and masks. If makeup will be part of your or your child’s costume, apply a small amount on the arm of whoever will be wearing it. Leave it there for about 30 minutes to see if it causes a rash, redness or other irritation. Likewise, if a costume requires a mask, make sure the eyeholes are unobstructed and large enough to allow for good peripheral vision and there is adequate ventilation to allow for proper breathing.
R – Reflective tape, glow sticks or a flashlight make trick-or-treaters more visible to drivers.
I – Inspect treats for signs of tampering, choking hazards, etc. before eating them.
C – Costumes should be made of flame-resistant materials and well-fitting enough to eliminate the risk of trips and falls.
K – Know the route your kids will take if you’re not accompanying them while they trick-or-treat and explain the importance of sticking to that route. Also have them check in at scheduled times, if possible.

O – Only walk on sidewalks, if possible. If walking along a road, stay on the far edge facing oncoming traffic.
R – Remember to serve a nutritious, filling meal before trick-or-treat time. It might make your kids less tempted to eat candy before they get home and have you check it.

T – Trick-or-treat time, or Halloween party games, can be a good way to get your child the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
R – Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
E – Eat only factory-made treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
A – Avoid dangerous props like swords or knives or other things with sharp edges. Accessories should be soft and flexible.
T – Trick-or-treat in groups when possible, visit only well-lit houses and never enter a stranger’s home.

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