NFPA has teamed up with Stride Rite to help educate families on the importance of safety around the Halloween holiday. Safety is important at Halloween - from fire safety around decorations, to safe costumes, to being seen while trick-or-treating using a flashlight, glow stick or light-up shoes or sneakers. NFPA and Stride Rite share the same goal of keeping families safe. Check out the tips below and visit www.nfpa.org/striderite for terrific downloadable activity sheets for kids and additional safety information. Leave a comment to let us and others know what you are doing to step it up for safety this Halloween.
• Let there be Light. Provide children with flashlights to carry or use glow sticks as part of their costume.
•Make it Fun. Make trick-or-treating a "no running" game to reduce the risk of falls. • Timing is Everything. Decide the time your children will go out trick-or-treating and what time they will return home.
• Peek before they Eat. Make a rule that children will not eat any treat until it has been brought home and examined by a grown-up.
• Costume Crashes. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see clearly.
• Tame the Flame. Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
• Caution with Candles. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.