By Kids In Danger
It’s almost that time of year again: children across America are gearing up to go trick-or-treating in their Halloween costumes. But parents should be gearing up too, with the relevant information and resources to keep their children safe.
We’re here to help, with these tips for making this a safe Halloween:
- Make sure your costume is labeled “Flame Resistant”, or be sure to use flame-retardant materials (like nylon or polyester) if you’re making your own. Flame resistance standards for costumes are the same as those for regular clothes, even though costumes are more likely to come into contact with heat.
- Avoid outfits with baggy sleeves, long billowing skirts, loose strips, capes that drag on the ground, etc. Ill-fitted clothing is also more likely to cause trips and falls.
- Warn children to keep distance from candles and jack-o’-lanterns, which also present a serious fire hazard.
- The most dangerous day for child pedestrians is Halloween. Give your children glowsticks, reflective bags, flashlights, or glow-in-the-dark tape to ensure that children are visible to motorists and traffic. Teach children to be careful when crossing the street and to only walk on sidewalks.
- Make sure wigs, beards, or hats don’t cover your children’s eyes, noses, or mouth; try face paint instead! Avoid masks that can obscure their vision.