Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids, no matter how old they are, but it is important you are mindful of the dangers associated with the spooky season.
Now we’re not trying to put the frighteners on you (we’ll let the witches and ghouls do that!) it’s more we want you to be aware most of the risks are easily preventable.
So with that in mind, here are nine safety tips to bear in mind throughout the month of October:
1. Open the door with them
Make sure they are accompanied by a responsible adult when handing out trick-or-treat sweets. They will love being in charge of this job but you should never let them answer the door on their own.
2. Keep costumes away from flames
Many costumes are made with man-made fibres, which can be highly flammable, so keep them away from fires – sparks from bonfires, sparklers and even candles could cause their outfit to go up in flames. Opt for natural fabric like cotton if you’re particularly worried and make sure their costume fits them properly and won’t obscure their vision or get caught underfoot.
3. Remind them about stranger danger
Remind children about stranger danger and to never go into a person’s house unless you are with them.
4. Bonfire safety
Never let kids go to an unsupervised bonfire. Always be cautious when you attend, particularly of other people who throw things into the fire – glass bottles will explode and certain objects can be highly flammable. Our advice is to step back within a safe distance.
Don’t allow your child hold a sparkler, as they can reach heats of 700 degrees and won’t go out even when doused with water. Hold it with them and ensure you are ready to throw it away if anything happens.
6. Supervise trick or treaters
Always accompany your children when they go trick-or-treating, or ensure there is another responsible adult with them at all times.
7. Think ahead
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby if you are hosting a party.
8. Check treats
Check their sweet bag for any potential choking hazard and throw away any treats that aren’t in sealed packages. When in doubt, throw it out!
9. Firework safety
The use of fireworks is illegal for children under Ensure you educate your child on the reality of a firework injury prior to the Halloween festivities. For more information visit www.saferfireworks.com.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!