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.

PLEASE DRIVE EXTRA SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY
ALL DAY AND EVENING ON HALLOWEEN!

Happy Halloween!