Riggs Ambulance Service offered tips on how to make this Halloween a fun and exciting experience for all families. Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night should be an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone.
Safety Tips to Share with Young Children: Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe and flame resistant. On all masks, make sure the eyeholes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Any Halloween accessories, such as a scythe or a pitchfork, should be smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Place some reflective tape on costumes to help children stand out in the dark and make sure each child carries a flashlight. Remind your kids about the basic everyday safety tips, such as not getting into cars, going into houses or talking to strangers. Remind them to look both ways before crossing streets, cross when lights tell them to, and to use designated crosswalks. Plan a safe route for trick-or-treating that your family is familiar with. If you let your older kids trick-or-treat alone, make sure you know the route they will be walking and set a time when they should return home. Make sure children trick-or-treat in groups and never walk alone. Tell your children to stay on main, well lit sidewalks and never cut through back alleys and fields. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. Remind all children to walk slowly and stay alert. Children should always watch for cars that are turning into or backing out of driveways. Remind them to never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Safety Tips for Adults to Remember: Treat your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner. This will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them. If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won't accidentally catch fire. While driving, slowdown in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period of 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys. Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.