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By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA
Chief Smithfield Fire Dept.
Halloween is a fun time but can also be a dangerous time. Children and parents alike walking on dark streets and enjoying the moment of having a good time can turn dangerous. Be alert at all times and think SAFE HALLOWEEN for an enjoyable night.
See the SAFE HALLOWEEN tips below before you go out to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters.
Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards & tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin & eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.