Halloween is almost here! As you prepare for the festivities, keep the following tips handy:
-Check to make sure the costume is flame retardant.
-If the costume is made with dark fabric, use reflective tape or wear a glowstick necklace.
-Make sure your costume fits properly, hem any excess material to prevent tripping.
-Masks should fit properly allowing for sight and breathing.
-Use hypoallergenic make-up as an alternative to masks.
-Small children should not carve pumpkins. Allow them instead to draw on the face and have a parent do the carving.
-Keep pumpkins out of heavy traffic areas and away from curtains or other flammable items.
-Use votive candles, they are the safest burning.
-Never leave a jack o’ lantern unattended.
-Remove anything from your front yard or porch that is potentially hazardous to trick-or-treaters such as toys, hoses, potted plants, etc.
-Check outdoor lights, replacing any burn outs.
-Always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
-Go in groups of three or more, younger children should be accompanied by an adult.
-Preplan your trick-or-treating route.
-Go to neighborhoods you are familiar with.
-Stay on sidewalks, following all pedestrian laws.
-Walk, don’t run.
-Avoid under lit houses.
-Never enter a stranger’s house.
-Don’t approach unfamiliar animals.
-Never accept rides from strangers.
-Inspect candy before eating, look for any loose or missing wrappers
I hope you and your family have a very Happy Halloween!