Halloween safety tips

What you need to know to keep your children safe

Halloween safety tips

Winnipeg Health Region
Updated Thursday, October 30, 2014

With Halloween upon us, the Winnipeg Health Region is offering tips to help ensure your ghosts and goblins have a safe time trick or treating.

"With all the excitement of dressing up, trick or treating and gathering Halloween goodies, it is easy to get caught up in the fun and forget about staying safe," says Dr. Lynne Warda, of the Region's Injury Prevention Program.

As a result, the Region offers these safety tips, adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Following these tips can help youngsters and their families have fun and stay safe," says Warda.

All dressed up

Trick or treaters should wear costumes that are bright and reflective.  Also, choose good fitting shoes and costumes that are short enough that they won't cause tripping.

Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags for better visibility.

Because masks can block eyesight, use non-toxic makeup and hats as safer choices.

Hats should fit well so they won't slip over the eyes.

Buy costumes, wigs and accessories that are labelled "flame resistant."

If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of the costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long so it won't cause an injury if your child trips.

Have your child carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.

Call 9-1-1 if your child has an emergency or becomes lost.

Pumpkin safety

Use flameless candles as a safer way to light your pumpkin.

Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, and parents should do the cutting.

Lighted pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other objects that could catch fire. Lit pumpkins should never be left unattended.

On the trick-or-treat trail

A parent or responsible adult should take young children trick or treating.

If your child is going alone, make sure you know where he/she is going and what time he/ she will be home.

Trick-or-Treaters should:

  • Stay in a group.
  • Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  • Only go to homes with a light on.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and use the sidewalks.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk at the side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Cross the street at intersections
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Never go in a stranger's home or car for a treat.

Trick or treaters should be extra careful on the streets. Drivers may have trouble seeing them. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.

Healthy Halloween

Check the treats before allowing your child to eat any. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

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