There are plenty of fang-tastic and ahhhhhsome words to describe Halloween and how spooktacular it can be…. but the most important word to a parent is “SAFE”. We have collected a list of our most favorite resources to share with you tips and tricks to keeping your kids safe this Halloween.
“Halloween is a fun time, especially for the little ones,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross has steps everyone can take to make sure their Halloween is also a safe one.” The Red Cross encourages our entire community to follow these “lucky 13” tips for a safe Halloween: read the entire article
- Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home!
- From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!
- If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside.
- When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
- Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms!)
- Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
- As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And cross from the corner!)
- Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a safety gamble!
- You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (And don’t hide between parked vehicles.)
- Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!
- You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
- Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.
We couldn’t have said it better! Thanks American Red Cross that was both educational and fun!
Our friends at IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) have some great tips and advice as well. Did you know that holiday decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fire each year? Did you also know that 2 out of 3 of those fires were started by a candle?
Be sure to place candle lit pumpkins away from the door, house, walkway or yard. If is also a great idea to use a glow stick or flameless candle for your jack-o-lantern.
Firefighter Nozzlehead, Halfcap, Scout, Author/Firefighter TJ Spencer and of course Spotnot the fire dog wish you the most wonderful Halloween holiday!
Be aware, be cautious, be safe.