Halloween Safety Tips-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips

One of the things kids look forward to in October is Halloween.  And it's just as much fun for adults!  However, the fun can be marred with an accident, so EH&S is offering these tips to make your   Halloween a memorable event.  

  • If your kids go trick-or-treating after dusk, make sure they have a flashlight and are wearing reflective costumes. If their costumes are not reflective, you can fasten reflective tape.
  • Rather than buying a mask, use makeup so visibility is improved. Test the makeup on a small area to make sure it will not cause an allergic reaction. Remove it before the child goes to bed.
  • Only buy costumes that are marked "Flameproof" or Flame-Retardant."
  • Remind your children to skip houses that are not lit. Better yet, have them only go to houses where they know the occupants.
  • Don't allow children to go out alone. An adult should accompany even groups of children.
  • Check candy before allowing your kids to eat it.
  • Caution your children to never walk near lit candles or luminaries. If you use such items as part of your home decorations, including candle-lit jack o'lanterns, be sure they are on a sturdy surface and keep them out of the reach of pets or small children. Place them away from stairs, doorways, and curtains.
  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be soft and flexible.

Halloween is meant to be a fun time.  Keep it safe for everyone by following these safety tips.