With October drawing to a close, Health & Safety Watch wants to ensure that Canadians have a Halloween filled with treats, not tricks. The organization has posted the following tips to help ensure that you and your kids have a great evening:
Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label.
Avoid costumes with baggy sleeves or flowing skirts to minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources.
Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on your arm a couple of days in advance. If you get a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation where you applied it, that’s a sign you may be allergic to it.
Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
Tell children not to accept-or eat-anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
Never let children carve pumpkins.
Adults carving pumpkins should remember to use specifically designed carving knives, rather than kitchen knives, as they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin skin.
Should a pumpkin carver cut a finger or hand, make sure the hand is elevated higher than the heart and apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be necessary.
Be considerate of fire hazards when lighting jack-o-lantern candles or use non-flammable light sources, like glow sticks or artificial pumpkin lights. Alternatively, try painting pumpkins for a fun, creative option.
Keep candles, jack-o-lanterns, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach.
Trick or treat
It is important that children walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways. They should also obey all traffic signals and remain in designated crosswalks when crossing the street.
Trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that are well lit. Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
Be aware of neighbourhood dogs when trick-or-treating and remember that these pets can impose a threat when you approach their home.
It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.
If you would like any additional information about Halloween safety, please do not hesitate to contact me. Further information can also be found at www.healthandsafetywatch.com