Vancouver – As the Halloween season approaches, BC Children’s Hospital reminds parents and caregivers of important safety tips to help keep children safe during Halloween activities and while trick-or-treating.
Costumes, decorations, treats and activities are all part of the Halloween festivities; it’s critical that families prepare ahead of time so everyone enjoys a safe and happy Halloween.
Stay Together – Always ensure your children are accompanied by older companions or adults. If you’re walking at night, hold young ones' hands and keep them safe from obstacles like uneven surfaces or stairs and more boisterous trick-or-treaters.
If you have older children, know where they will be trick-or-treating and ensure they have a charged mobile with them and tell them to make like ET and phone home in case of an emergency.
Keep It Bright – Dress your children in bright costumes and use reflective tape, buttons and lights. When your child is wearing bright colours and reflective items, it is easier for drivers to see them on curbs and when they are crossing the streets. Also, remember to carry a flashlight with charged batteries inside.
If you plan to decorate your property, remember to keep it well lit and use non-flammable light sources.
See Hazards – Masks, hats or costumes with complex accessories can make it difficult for children to see cars and other hazards. Consider using face paint to ensure your child can see clearly. Make sure your princess has a gown that is the right length to avoid falls and that your prince's crown is secured so as not to tumble causing him to stumble.
Stay On The Path – Follow the yellow brick road – or make up your own version of Harry Potter's Marauder's Map to keep everyone to a known route. If you trick-or-treat with children, go down one side of the road, then cross at an identified or safe crossing area and go down the other side. Let someone at home know the route you plan to take. By keeping on the path, you can keep safe while taking part in all the fun!
Check All Treats – Make sure you check all treats before they are eaten. Look for unsealed or broken wrappers, unwrapped candies and review all home packaged candy. If in doubt, throw it out.
For Drivers - Be aware there will be an increase in children on the streets and sidewalks on Halloween night so slow down, drive safely and, as always, do not drink and drive. There may be little ghosts, goblins, princes and princesses out, so please be extra cautious when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.
Lisa Romein, RN, manager Trauma Program, BC Children’s Hospital -
"Make safety as much a part of Halloween as costumes, spooky scenes and treats. Have a series of conversations with your children about safety precautions and about what to do if someone needs help. A safe Halloween is a happy one."
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