Halloween Safety Tips
It’s that time of year again, can you believe it? The sights and smells and tastes of fall are upon us, and nothing is more fun than trick-or-treating on Halloween. But as you prepare yourself and your kids to dress up and make the rounds of your neighborhood or your favorite trunk-or-treat event, it’s always good to think about how to enjoy the season as safely as possible. Below we’ve shared some of the best Halloween safety tips that we know will help you to enjoy the season to its fullest, all while having the peace of mind that you and your loved ones aren’t in danger.
- Costumes. Pick your apparel with at least a quick consideration of its safety: will it be so dark that passing vehicles won’t see the person who is wearing it? This may sound like an overreaction, but statistics have shown that Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for fatalities for children who are walking. https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween What about the chance of a serious choking or breathing hazard? We tend to dismiss these safety warnings on the packaging of all sorts of products, but those notices are there for a reason: kids can be hurt or even killed if they can’t see out of a costume properly or if they can’t breathe in them. Use your common sense when it comes to fitting your children in costumes, and help them know how to adjust their masks and other accessories accordingly while you’re out and about together.
- Routes. If you’re going to accompany your children while they’re circulating your neighborhood (which we strongly recommend if they’re minors), you should still have a contingency plan in place with your kids, so they know what to do if you get separated. This could be as simple as telling your child to go home if they can’t find you and you’ll meet them there, or if they’re very young, tell them to stay in the yard at the house where they lost contact with you. Educate them on the importance of not going anywhere alone with a stranger, especially not inside someone else’s house. If you’ll be splitting up so that one adult stays home to distribute candy while another one is out with the little ones, then discuss your plan for when you’ll return and make sure you both have a way to communicate throughout the evening just in case something unexpected happens.
- Treats. Inspect your children’s candy for anything suspicious before you let them start enjoying it. Tell them it’s for their safety and that you’re not trying to spoil any of their fun! You should discard anything that hasn’t come in a wrapper and anything else that could be a choking hazard or dangerous in any way for your small children. This includes the non-food treats that some people choose to give (like plastic toys).
- Photos. While you’re out with your kids, pay attention to the people who are giving the treats to your kids and make sure that they have your permission to take your children’s pictures. In this day and age, an image can end up anywhere instantaneously, so if you’re sensitive to this kind of thing then keep an eye out for anyone who might be acting suspiciously with their cameras. You don’t have to be paranoid, but if something just doesn’t feel right, then don’t be afraid to speak up and ask someone to stop.
- Driving. When you’re on the road on Halloween, keep an eye out for kids. Drive slower and be patient with families who may be crossing the road while they trick-or-treat. Remember that this is a time-honored American tradition that is important to many families having a great evening together. If you’re attending an adult-themed Halloween party where alcohol will be served, even if it’s an office party, then designate a driver to get you home safely. If you’re the designated driver, then resist the temptation to participate in any drinking. People’s lives could depend on it -- including innocent kids who are just trying to have a great evening out with their families and enjoy some candy!
The thousands of professionals across America here at AdvantaClean wish you and your loved ones the happiest of Halloweens. This fall, if you have any indoor air quality related issues in your home, then reach out to us anytime so that we can bring you the fastest, most affordable and effective solutions for any situation you’re facing in your living spaces. Let us handle your water damage, air duct cleaning, mold removal or other issue so that you can focus on what matters most: spending an evening of costume-filled fun with the people you love.
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