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Halloween Safety Tips

All the ghosts and ghouls will be out tonight and it is important to keep them safe. Arizona will finally have a Halloween that feels like Fall. While you are out accompanying the trick-or-treaters, you might consider grabbing a jacket on your way out the door. The low temperature in Phoenix is expected to be a brisk 59 degrees. And while you are out celebrating the holiday, there are several tips that is recommended to keep everyone safe. 

Did you know that on Halloween, children are four times more likely to be hit and killed by a car than any other day? That is a scary fact. Beyond candy hunting, there are many more potential for injury throughout all of the Halloween activities. 

Here is a list tips to make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween.

Pumpkin Carving Safety
– Young children should not handle knives. It is suggested to let the kids draw on the pumpkins, but never cut them. Have an adult go over their design safely.

-Make sure pumpkins that are lit with candles are placed far from anything that can catch on fire.
-Put up the matches and lighters, making sure they are stored safely out of reach. 

Trick-or-Treating Safety
-It is recommended that children under twelve should not be out alone. There should be a  supervised adult, and it is best if traveling in a group.

-Older children should have a planned route and that they have discussed with their parents and have an set return home time.

-Always walk on sidewalks or other paths. In Arizona, you never know if a rattlesnake is lurking in desert landscaping.

-Make sure to check before crossing any streets. Kids get excited and want to race to the next house, make sure they know the importance of proper street crossing.

-If the house light is out, don’t pay a visit. Only go to the homes with the porch light on.
-Children and adults should carry flashlights so drivers can see them.

-Drivers this one is for you! Children trick or treat between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30, so make sure when traveling in neighborhoods to slow down and watch carefully.

Costume Safety
-The costume should fit well. If their costume is too big, there is a chance for a trip and fall.

-Select flame resistant costumes and be careful that they do not walk too closely to lit candles that are lurking in jack-o-laterns.
-Light them up with reflective tape. It can be added to costumes and bags.
-Halloween masks are popular but be sure they do not obscure their vision.
-Makeup can cause sensitivity issues. Make sure to do a trial test of all make up before the big night.
-A recipe for disaster and one especially if you are not used to them is the over the counter decorative contact lenses. They are not recommended for various reasons. 

Stranger Danger
-There has been report of a child this year who ingested methamphetamines that was laced in either candy or on fake teeth. Do not accept treats or candy that are not factory wrapped. Parents should inspect all items carefully before the children have access to it.
-Stay in a familiar areas.
-Do not  accept any rides from strangers.
-Never enter a stranger’s house. Many homes will showcase haunted houses. Remind your children they should not enter alone.
 

Have a bootiful and safe Halloween!