Thursday, October 28, 2010
Halloween Safety Tips for Adults and Children
Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
Make sure that your child can see well while trick-or-treating, including that his or her eyes aren't covered by a mask or hat and that he is carrying a flashlight if it is dark, and that he is easy to see by others, with a costume that is bright or has some reflective tape on it somewhere
When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
Use flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1--Dahlgren and Indian Head--301-744-4333 if they have an emergency or become lost.
Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll“, should their clothes catch on fire.
Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway.
Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
Consider fire safety when decorating.
Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors.
While children can help with the fun of designing a Jack O' Lantern, leave the carving to adults.
Always keep Jack O' Lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds.
Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.
Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.