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Halloween Safety Month


Halloween is an exciting time for kids—and parents too! But none of us want to see our children injured or in unsafe conditions.

Have The Talk--First!
Make sure you talk with your kids about the safety tips below from the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Check and Double Check!

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route Trick-Or-Treaters intend to follow.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Tell your youngsters NOT to eat any treat until they return home.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
  • Establish a return time.

Costume Design!

  • Masks can obstruct a child's vision. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
  • Use only fire-retardant materials for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. (Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.)
  • Pin a slip of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case he/she gets separated from the group.


  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective.
  • Flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

Home, Safe Home!

  • Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not jump on or bite Trick-Or-Treaters.

For more information about Halloween Safety Month visit National Safety Council.

For 2007 Halloween Safety Tips, visit American Academy of Pediatrics.

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