Halloween Safety Tips
For some Halloween is the most wonderful spooky time of year but for others it can be a frightening time and also pose some extra risks! The real trick to make Halloween a treat for everyone this year is ensure we are prepared for its potential dangers. Halloween safety should particularly be top of mind for parents, pet owners and those who care for elderly and others who may be particularly vulnerable or frightened this Halloween. Follow our simple Halloween safety tips to ensure you and yours have a fun filled, spooktacular Halloween this year.
- Ensure that kids are escorted door-to-door by a responsible adult while Trick or Treating.
- Make sure that children are aware of “stranger-danger”. Advise them not to trick-or-treat at strangers houses.
- If children are in possession of a mobile phone make sure it is fully charged and has credit available in-case of an emergency or if they need to call for help.
- Keep pets indoors, away from windows. Animals that are normally calm and child-friendly can become confused and frightened at Halloween and could be capable of attack.
- Contact older relatives, friends and neighbours and make sure they are happy and safe this Halloween.
- If you are planning to attend a Halloween disco with be aware that the loud music and scary Halloween costumes could frighten younger kids.
- Tell children not to approach houses with vulnerable inhabitants and make sure they know how to show respect for the safety and well-being of others.
Costumes, Masks and Wigs
- Face painting can be a safer option to masks which could block or impair vision. If using face paints it is advisable to get a good quality brand and do a patch test to make sure your child is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
- Buy flame resistant costumes, masks and wigs.
- Children should wear their regular clothes under the costume for protection if the costume catches fire. If someone catches fire they need to stop, drop and roll immediately to suffocate the fire. Devastating life-long injuries have been caused after Halloween costumes caught fire.
- Ensure that costumes fit correctly. To prevent falls or snagging they should not be too long or have too much loose fabric.
Firework and Bonfire Safety
- Never allow children to attend unsupervised bonfires and fireworks displays. It is advisable to avoid these kinds of activities all together. There are plenty of alternative events to attend that do not involve dangerous fires and fireworks.
- Never allow children to hold sparklers. They can burn to 700 degrees and will not quench even when doused in water.
- If you are hosting a bonfire make sure there is a water source and fire extinguisher to hand.
- Lighting a firework is an offence in public and private places.
- Every year children get scarred for life due to bonfire related injuries. Make sure your kids are not part of this year’s statistics.
- Find out more about fire safety this Halloween in Dublin Fire Brigades Safety Message at Halloween.
Road Safety – Be Safe, Be Seen this Halloween
- While out trick-or-treating stick to well-lit paths and roadways and always carry a torch.
- Trick-or-treat in groups (big or small) and make sure everyone sticks together.
- If children are wearing dark costumes make sure they can be seen by oncoming traffic. Reflective vests or bands and a torch are useful.
- Motorists should slow down and drive with extra caution this Halloween.
This Halloween be a good role model for children, act safely and responsibly. For more Halloween safety tips check out the HSE Guide for a safe Halloween. Most of all enjoy the spooky festivities and avoid going too hard on the treats.
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