Tips for a SAFE Halloween

On the spookiest night of the year, wrap yourself up in safety! Like Mummy always says, “Being safe prevents boo boo’s.”

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Here are some simple tips to be sure your family doesn’t become a statistic:

Be Seen Make sure your kids are visable. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

Avoid Masks Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

Make Sure your Costume Fits When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Flame-Retardant ONLY Only buy a costume that is labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn. If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.

Buy Safe Accessories Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.

Walk Safely Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Cross Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Drive Safely Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. And have extra precaution when backing up.

Eat a Healthy DinnerA good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. – See more at:

Examine ALL Candy Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. Insist that all treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten, then examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before your children eat them. When in doubt, throw it out.