MCFRS News Release

Halloween Safety Tips

Don't Scare the 'Yell' Out of Your Kids

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Before heading out to trick-or-treat, apply reflective wrist bands, tape, and stickers to costumes, bags and sacks and use a flashlight with fresh batteries to see and be seen.

Remind children to stop at all street corners before crossing. Tell them to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks. Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross.

Remove outdoor safety hazards such as toys, bicycles and lawn ornaments. Make sure the driveway and stairs are cleared of leaves, which can be a slipping and falling hazard. Make sure that the driveway and walks are well lit for incoming trick-or-treaters. Replace burned-out or broken light bulb.

Fire Safety Tips:

Purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame-resistant or retardant. Make sure children know the stop, drop and roll technique in the event their clothing should catch fire.

Apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face. It is safer than a loose-fitting mask that can obstruct a child's vision. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely. Give trick-or-treaters flashlights. Make costumes short enough to avoid tripping. Dress children in shoes that fit. Anything they carry could injure them if they fall.

When planning party decorations, bear in mind that dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep crepe paper and other decorations well away from all heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.

Let children be the artists and leave the pumpkin carving to adults. Children can draw the face of the jack-o-lantern, but only parents should handle the knives. Use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. If you must use candles, use votive candles and be sure to place the pumpkin on a sturdy surface away from flammable objects.

Other safety reminders:

Instruct children never to enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult. Restrict trick-or-treating visits to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated.

Set a time for children to return home. Tell children to bring their treats home before eating them. Parents should check treats to ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed. Be careful with fruit. Inspect the surface closely for punctures or holes and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it.