Halloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips:
-When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
-Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
-Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
-Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.
-Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
-Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
-Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.