Whether you’re taking the kids out trick or treating or handing out candy at home this evening. Here are some Halloween Safety Tips To Keep You, Your Children & Pets Safe.
- NEVER eat any treats until they are examined by an adult at your home.
- Trick or Treat with friends or with adult supervision. Don’t go alone.
- NEVER enter the house or car of a stranger.
- Trick or Treat in the late afternoon or early evening.
- Trick or Treat in your own neighborhood, and visit only houses that you know.
- Stay on streets that are well lit and only cross the street at the corners.
- NEVER run across the street and always look both ways before crossing.
- Do not take short cuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
- Carry a flashlight or wear reflective tape so drivers can see you and you can see hazards in the street as well as other people.
- Only trick or treat at houses where the porch light is on and well lit.
- Carry a few quarters for a payphone so you can call home if you need to.
- Do not play with lighters, matches, or fireworks!
- Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
- Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. In many areas you can dial 9-1-1.
- Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings.
- Consider using flashlights instead of candles to light jack-o-lanterns.
- Keep pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.
- Set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat.” Also designate a specific route for them to take.
- Feed the kids before they go so they will be less likely to eat the treats before they get home. Warn them not to eat anything before you inspect it.
- Don’t leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of pranksters on this night.
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals. Tin foil and candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
- Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
- Don’t dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
- If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct their vision and get your dog used to wearing his/her costume before the actual date of Halloween.
- All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
- Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through the open door.
- Walk your dog early in the night, before it gets dark.
Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe and have fun!