Friday, October 25, 2013

Safety first on Halloween

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM


click to enlarge Pick a mask that's safe for your young one. - BRIAN SNELSON
  • Brian Snelson
  • Pick a mask that's safe for your young one.

It's that scary time of year (and no, we're not talking about the City Council working through Mayor Steve Bach's budget). We're talking about when tots show up on doorsteps begging for candy: Halloween. Which is fun for everyone, if parents take the proper steps to ensure safety.

Thanks to American Medical Response, we offer the following guidelines to prevent injury and illness and remind everyone to be safe.

· Parents should help select costumes. Be sure the material is both flame retardant, and warm and sturdy enough to take lots of activity.
· Leave the child’s face unobstructed. If a trick-or-treater wears a hat, be sure it fits well and doesn’t block vision. Safe “goblins” wear make-up on their faces, rather than masks or helmets that are hard to see, hear or breathe through.
· Stripe the costume with highly reflective tape front and back to make the trick-or-treater easier to see in the dark. Don’t let children wear a dark costume or camouflage.
· Require children wear flat shoes that fit well, without heels. Avoid over-sized shoes such as clown costume shoes.
· ALWAYS make sure a child is accompanied by an adult.
· Trick-or treat in well-lighted areas. Make sure each child has a flashlight to assist with walking from house to house.
· Stay on the sidewalks where available and walk facing the traffic. Cross streets only at intersections. Don’t jump ditches. Stay alert.
· Approach only those homes with porch lights or other front lights on.
· Do not allow children to eat any treats until the group has returned home and an adult has examined the contents of each bag.
· Do not eat anything that is even slightly suspicious. For example, look for commercially wrapped candy that may have been unwrapped and then re-wrapped. 


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