Halloween is an exciting time of the year. However, when planning for Halloween fun, prepare for common safety concerns. Following these basic precautions will help you stay safe and injury-free during Halloween.
Top 6 Halloween Safety Tips:
- The National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2017 research shows that lack of visibility in low-light conditions and wearing hard-to-notice dark clothes accounted for about 15% of deaths in the situations when pedestrians were trying to cross the road.a. A good safety practice is to cross only at crosswalks, put electronic devices down, and keep heads up when walking across the street.b. If your costume is not made of high visibility material, attach a reflective tape or a special Halloween blinking safety light to your costume to make sure you are visible at night. Check out our previous blog post with safe Halloween costume ideas.
- Avoid masks that can block your eyesight, and consider non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as a safer alternative. To prevent skin and eye irritation, remove all makeup immediately after the party.
- When driving, enter and exit driveways very carefully, and watch for trick-or-treaters walking on the roadways.
- Remove all tripping hazards from your porch and front yard (garden hose, lawn decorations, etc.) to make your home safer for visitors.
- Halloween costumes and accessories should be fire-resistant, and well-ventilated to prevent asphyxiation and easy ignition near flames. When shopping for a costume, pay special attention to the label: it should clearly state that the costume is flame-resistant.
- To eliminate fire danger, consider using a battery-powered candle, flashlight or a glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed away from any flammable objects.
Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, but staying safe does not have to be tricky. Adhering to these simple steps will allow you to stay safe and healthy while having fun this holiday season.