NFPA and Stride Rite step it up for Halloween safety

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Oct 30, 2013


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.