Halloween Costume and Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
As Halloween approaches, we would like to remind you of a few very important safety tips.
If you decide to stay home and entertain children with candies, make sure to keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Some costumes are long and made out of flammable materials that can catch on fire quite easily.
If your children are trick-or-treating, make sure that you only choose costumes that are made of flame-retardant material. If your children are wearing long costumes, make sure they are aware of candles and jack-o-lanterns at people’s doorsteps.
Residential neighbourhoods are sometimes poorly lit. Only trick-or-treat in well-lit neighbourhoods. Even then, add reflective tape to your children’s costume, or the bag that they use to carry candy. If you choose to add reflectors to your children’s bag, make sure that it’s visible from all sides.
Always accompany your children, or make sure that they are accompanied by a trusted adult.
Some costumes come with their own footwear. Make sure the footwear is well-fitting and sturdy. If not, encourage your children to wear their own shoes.
Finally, if your child’s costume has a mask, make sure that the mask fits securely and provides both adequate vision and ventilation.
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