Halloween Safety Tips

Last updated: Oct 28, 2013, 08:23 AM

By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group


Summit Medical Group recommends these tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Plan and agree on a familiar and safe route for your kids
  • Accompany younger children at all times
  • Know the whereabouts of your older children at all times
  • Tell both younger and older children to only visit homes that are lit inside and out
  • Instruct older children to stay in populated areas and not use short cuts that take them off the path you've chosen
  • Agree on the time your older children must return home
  • Instruct your children not to eat any candy until they get home and you examine it
  • Tell your children not to talk to strangers
  • Tell your children not to get into a stranger's car
  • Tell your older children to stop and think before they act
  • Remind kids to look both ways before crossing a street
  • Be sure costumes are bright and reflect light
  • Be sure costumes fit well, don't cause your child to trip, and don't interfere with vision
  • If your child carries an accessory such as a sword, cane, or stick, be sure it's short and dull

At home:

  • Sweep leaves from your driveway and sidewalks
  • Remove obstacles such as hoses, bikes, toys, and lawn decorations a child might trip over from your yard
  • Be sure light bulbs are working in all outdoor lights
  • Keep candlelit jack-o-lanterns away from curtains and other flammable objects; do not leave them unattended
  • Use battery-powered candles for outdoor jack-o-lanterns
  • Don't allow strangers, including young trick or treaters, in your home
  • Don't leave valuables near your front door

When attending Halloween parties:

  • Designate a driver for all parties where alcohol is served
  • Do not wear a mask if you are driving

Remember that very young trick or treaters often start early in the day.


Happy Halloween!