Stay safe on Halloween

Published 6:08 pm Friday, October 29, 2021

Safety on Halloween is the highest priority. A fun night of partying or trick-or-treating can easily turn into a nightmare, and not the fictitious kind in horror movies.

Check out the list of safety tips below as you’re planning the big night.

  • Wear costumes that say “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  • Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  • Wear makeup and hats rather than costume masks that can obscure your vision.
  • Test the makeup you plan to use in advance. Put a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, don’t use it.
  • Use only brand-name contact lenses from well-known contact lens companies. If you have never worn contact lenses before, Halloween should not be the first time you wear them. Any contact lenses not prescribed by a doctor are illegal and could cause you harm.
  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept — or eat — anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.
  • Plan ahead and designate a non-drinking, unimpaired driver, use rideshare or public transportation.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs.
  • Never get into a car with an impaired driver or put yourself in a situation where you don’t feel safe.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately.
  • If you witness someone who is about to drive impaired, attempt to stop them but be as non-confrontational as possible. Enlist the help of others, if possible. Call law enforcement if attempts to stop them from driving fail.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters:

  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks where available. Never cross between parked cars.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!