Halloween is spooktacular holiday filled with fall festivities and delectable treats. But if you’re not careful, a trick may befall you and lead to danger—particularly on neighborhood streets. With a bit of extra caution, this holiday can be as enjoyable for you as it is for your little caped crusader!
- In the days leading up to All Hallows Eve, carve with care. Your young children should not handle sharp pumpkin carving tools. Instead, let them paint their design or draw a pattern for you to carve on their behalf. Jack o’ lanterns should be placed on sturdy surfaces and lit with flashlights or electric candles, rather than using open flame.
- Avoid potential dangers around your home. If you do use candles, never leave them unattended and keep them away from curtains, flammable objects and pets. With children running around on sugar buzzes, be sure to clear walkways, stairs, entrances and common areas, both inside and outside your home. You may want to restrain pets if they get anxious around strangers and/or commotion.
- Be aware of your child’s safety when shopping for costumes. Masks can limit eyesight and long capes, skirts or sleeves can cause trips and falls. Ensure that your child can walk and move around comfortably while wearing his or her costume. Take an extra precaution and buy costumes that specify flame resistance.
- Trick-or-treating is the highlight of every child’s Halloween. Kids carry around their stash of candy as if they won the lottery. With all this excitement, kids may forget the dangers of roaming the streets at night amid moving vehicles. Accompany your child to ensure safety.
- Give your child a flashlight or glow stick to carry around to make them more visible to drivers passing by; you may even want to fasten reflective tape to his or her bag/bucket. Walk your children down the sidewalks of well-lit streets, crossing only at designated crosswalks after checking for oncoming traffic.
- After a night of candy collection, check your child’s stash for unwrapped candy or evidence of tampering and throw any suspicious treats away.
With simple safety precautions, Halloween can remain enchanting for many years to come. Call Salzberg Insurance Agency at 757-583-1828 for more information on Norfolk insurance.