Halloween Safety Tips
Here are a few safety tips from the City of Worthington Division of Fire & EMS, that can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Make sure that shoes fit well, and that the costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and falling.
- Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup, or a decorative hat, as a safe alternative.
- When shopping for costumes, ONLY pick those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts (this is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke detectors)!
- Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway; check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children going from house to house.
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
- All children should walk, not run, from house to house and use sidewalks, if available. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street, facing cars.
- Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on, as a sign of welcome.
- Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered - no treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by adults at home.