Fake scares are about as integral to Halloween as pumpkins and parties, but with a little caution, parents can avoid any real ones. Many local law …
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Fake scares are about as integral to Halloween as pumpkins and
parties, but with a little caution, parents can avoid any real
Many local law enforcement agencies, school districts and other
organizations widely distribute tips for trick-or-treating
“It’s an exciting holiday for the kids but if precautions are
not taken, scary things can happen,” said Lorraine Carli, vice
president of communications for the National Fire Protection
The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a comprehensive
list of Halloween safety tips covering three main areas: costumes,
home preparations and trick-or-treating. In addition, the AAP urges
parents to ration the amount of candy children can eat on a given
day and to not allow young children to carve pumpkins.
Children’s costumes should be bright and reflective, as well as
fitted to prevent tripping and entanglement. Make-up or hats are
generally safer than masks, which can restrict eyesight. Fake
swords, canes or other accessories should be dull, flexible and not
excessive in size.
Adults should also do everything they can to prepare their homes
for visiting trick-or-treaters. Porches and front yards should be
devoid of anything that a child could trip over, including garden
hoses, decorations and recreational equipment. Outdoor lights
should be turned on and have working bulbs. Pets, especially larger
ones, should be properly restrained away from the front door.
The AAP also recommends that parents accompany young children
while trick-or-treating, and reviewing a pre-planned route for
children who are old enough to go alone. Youths should only
approach houses that are illuminated and never enter a residence.
Where sidewalks aren’t available, pedestrians are safest walking on
the far side of the road facing oncoming traffic. Traveling in
large groups is generally preferred. Flashlights should be in ample
The National Fire Protection Association publishes its own list
of Halloween safety measures, but with a slightly different focus:
The NFPA recommends using a flashlight or battery-operated
candles for illuminating pumpkins, instead of an open flame.
Costumes and accessories should be flame-resistant and not overly
billowing. In the case clothing does catch fire, children should
know how to stop, drop and roll. Finally, make sure to have an
emergency plan in place and keep exits clear of decorations or
For more ways to stay safe on Halloween, interested individuals
can visit www.aap.org.
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