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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween

Keep Halloween Safe

Halloween is a tradition that has become more and more popular in the UK, one that brings a lot of excitement and sometimes lack of carefulness. Most Halloween accidents happen from falls and pedestrian-versus-car crashes. A little foresight can make this night much safer for everyone.

Motorists need to take special care to be alert on Halloween and to watch for children who may be darting out from between cars and running across streets. Children may be in places you least expect them, such as walking on roads and jumping off curbs, so you need to take care when exiting and entering driveways, roads, and alleys. Keep an eye out for children in dark clothing the entire evening.

Some other Halloween tips include:

  • All children under age 12 need to have an adult or an older, responsible youth supervising them while they go door to door
  • Give children a route to follow and instruct them not to go anywhere else, to only stop at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit, and to never go into a stranger’s home.
  • Have set times for children to be out and to be home.
  • Go over all your trick-or-treat safety rules and precautions, including safety rules for walking on the pavement and curbs and crossing roads.
  • Use fire-retardant materials for costumes and have them loose enough for the children to wear warm clothes underneath
  • To prevent falls, make sure the costumes aren’t too long or that there is anything else that could be a trip hazard.
  • Make costumes with a light-coloured fabric, and reinforce the costumes and the bags children carry with reflective tape to make the children visible.
  • Instead of masks that obscure your child’s vision, use makeup, but make sure the ingredients state they are up to British Safety Standards, that they have “Approved Colour Additives,” and are “Nontoxic,” and follow the package instructions for application.
  • Make sure any masks have nose, mouth and eye holes large enough to really see and breathe through.
  • Don’t ever let children carry sharp objects; make things like knives and swords from cardboard or other flexible materials.
  • Don’t let children carry pumpkins with naked flames, give them torches to carry instead so they can see better, and also so they can be more easily seen by motorists.
  • Instruct children to walk, not run, from house to house; to not run across yards and lawns where they might trip on unseen hazards; to walk on pavements, never in the street; and to walk facing traffic if there are no pavements.

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