Halloween Safety Tips From
The Nichols Hills Fire Department
y Plan for costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
y Consider adding reflective tape or stripping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
y Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone#) discreetly within Halloween attire or bracelet.
y Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic hypoallergenic make-up or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
y When shopping for a costume, wigs, and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
y Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
ü Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
ü This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke detectors.
ü Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1
ü Openly discuss the appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
ü Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
y Find a fun event or start one in your neighborhood.
y Community centers, shopping malls and houses of worship may have organized festivities.
y Share the fun by arranging a visit to a retirement home or senior center.
Before Nightfall on Halloween:
y A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
y Consider fire safety when decorating; do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors.
y Always keep Jack-o-Lanterns far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
y Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you.
y Do not permit children to bicycle, skateboard or roller-blade.
y Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
y Adult partygoers should establish and reward a designated driver.
y A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
y Remind trick-or-treaters:
§ By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
§ Stay in a group, walk slowly, and communicate where you are going.
§ Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
§ If no sidewalk is available, walk at the furthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
§ Never cut across yards or use alleyways.
§ Never enter a stranger’s car or home for treats.
§ Always walk - never run across streets.
§ Don’t assume the right away. Motorist may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters, just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will stop.
§ Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
§ No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
§ Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious activity.
y Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
y Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
y Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking, such as hard candies, are given only to those of an appropriate age.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOEEN FROM