Halloween Safety Tips
Detailed description of the Halloween Safety infographic:
Costume safety (Looking good out there)
- While kids (and adults!) may be focused on a costume that impresses friends, try to keep safety top of mind:
- Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility.
- Make sure the costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.
- Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials.
- Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up not masks.
- Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume.
- Create a fun necklace with string and glow sticks to keep kids visible to cars. Or accessorize with a flashlight!
- "Fake": Swords, knives and guns part of your costume? Make sure they look fake but remember, some people still may not be able to tell the difference.
Be Street Smart
Pedestrian Safety (Hit the sidewalk)
- If parents can’t go with children, have another parent older sibling or babysitter go with them. Tell them to stay on the sidewalks – no jaywalking, not even to get to that really cool decorated house.
- Stay away from animals you don’t know. Pets get frightened on Halloween.
Plan ahead (Make a plan)
- Parents should be aware of the route that their children plan to follow
- Ensure your child is wearing a watch or has a cell phone to meet the agreed-upon curfew.
Safety in Numbers
- Older children trick-or-treating without an adult should walk in groups and stay together
- Older children should know what to do to get in touch with you in case of an emergency.
- Make sure your child knows the places along his or her route where they can get help.
- In many BC communities, the use of fireworks is strictly prohibited by law.
- Fireworks aren’t kids play: Every Halloween children and adults end up at hospital emergency rooms for firework-associated injuries.
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