13 Halloween Safety Tips

For many, Halloween comes so quickly that it seems there isn’t going to be enough time to get into costumes and apply the make up that safety issues seem to be a quick thought just as the kids are walking out the door. Reviewing these tips in advance will not only help keep kids safe but adults as well.

Going trick-or-treating? Remember these recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

  • Teach your children to NEVER approach a vehicle unless they are accompanied by you, even if it appears no one is inside the vehicle.
  • Teach your children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report anything unusual to you and/or law enforcement.
  •  Teach your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or “This person is not my father/mother.” Instruct your children to make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.
  • Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

Don’t Forget About Fire Safety

  • Decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

Following safety tips and using common sense can help you to have a healthy, happy Halloween.  Visit the websites below for additional Halloween ideas and tips.  Remember, practice safety and watch those Jack–o-lanterns!

www.nfpa.org/education National Fire Protection Association
www.cdc.org Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Botsford Hospital Trauma ServicesRhonda Thompson, RN, Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator, Botsford Hospital Trauma Services, 28050 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336, (248) 888-2586, rthompson[@]botsford.org

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