Halloween is a favorite holiday for the young and young-at-heart, whether it be trick-or-treating or dressing up for a Halloween party. Regardless of your age, following the safety tips put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Consumer Product Safety Commission will help to keep you and your family safer this fall season.
Halloween Costumes: Choose a flame retardant fabric. When shopping for a costume, look for the label “Flame Resistant.” This label indicates that the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once it is removed from the ignition source.
Halloween Makeup: Always test Halloween make-up in small area first, especially on children. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Trick-or-Treating Pedestrian Safety: Purchase costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. You can also use reflective tape and carry flashlights to be seen more easily. Halloween is the perfect opportunity to teach children to practice using the crosswalk, obeying traffic signals, and looking both ways before crossing the street.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should only go to homes where the residents are known and houses that have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps, and porches in order to avoid injuries. In addition, candle-lit walkways and jack-o’-lanterns should be kept away from costumes that could be ignited. As a best practice, one should replace open flames with LED look-alikes. Read more about this topic in a prior blog: Falling Leaves, Trick or Treaters and Premises Liability in Massachusetts.
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