How Can You Protect Children This Halloween?

October 31, 2014

Halloween has once again arrived! Many children will be taking part in the festivities and parents will be busy watching after them.

Why Should You Buy Flame Resistant Costumes?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has some safety tips for all trick-or-treaters this evening:

  • Treats:
    • Tell children not to eat any of the candy until an adult examines it for evidence of tampering.
  • Flame Resistant Costumes:
    • If you are purchasing a costume, look for a label that says “Flame Resistant.” Flame resistant costumes can still catch fire, but they will resist burning. If a flame resistant costume catches fire, it should be put out immediately. Additionally, avoid flimsy costumes that could easily make contact with candles or other ignition sources.
  • Costume Designs:
    • If you are designing or purchasing a costume, make sure it has bright colors to increase visibility for motorists.
    • The CPSC recommends decorating costumes with reflective tape.
    • Children should have a flashlight so they can see where they are going and be seen by others easily.
    • Make sure the costumes are short enough to prevent a child from tripping on it.
    • Use costume makeup instead of a mask, because masks can obscure a person’s vision.
    • Tell children only to go to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on.
    • Be careful when walking across streets and near the road.

Halloween is a fun time, but it is important to follow these safety measures to ensure your child’s safety.

Did You Know? According to the National Safety Council (NSC), children are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween.   

Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121343/100.pdf

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