Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
Halloween Safety Tips
For Release: October __, 2000
Halloween “Trick or Treat” Safety Tips
Taking the danger out of Halloween is not something most children consider. However, while children are thinking about candy and how to make the scariest costume, parents should be concerned about ways to keep their children safe this Halloween.
“We want to encourage parents to keep this a safe Halloween by following a few safety precautions. Also, toys, stickers and gag tokens are just some ideas of alternative treats that can add excitement while providing a healthy alternative to candy,” said __________ County Administrator ________________.
Some rules parents can follow to help their children stay safe are:
- Children under age 10 should not go trick-or-treating without the supervision of an adult or older sibling. Attach the name, address and phone number of children under age 12 to their clothes.
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along a pre-established route and to return home at a specified time.
- Instruct children never to enter a home or an apartment building unless accompanied by an adult.
- Restrict children's trick-or-treating visits to homes with porch or outside lights illuminated, and ideally, to homes where you know the residents.
- Remove breakable items or obstacles such as tools, ladders and children's toys from your steps, lawn and porch.
- Tell children to bring their treats home before eating them. Parents should check treats to ensure that items have not been tampered with and are safely sealed.
- Keep costumes safe to avoid children tripping and falling over loose costumes and buy only "flame-resistant" costumes, masks, beards and wigs. Only use shoes that fit.
- Make sure any mask worn allows for full vision to see cars, steps and other obstacles outdoors.
- Give trick-or-treaters flashlights.
- Teach children to stay on the sidewalk when possible and not to dart between parked or oncoming cars.
- Decorate costumes, bags and sacks with reflective tape and use light or bright costumes for more visibility at night.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing.
- Exit and enter the car on the curbside, away from traffic.
Consider safe alternatives to neighborhood “trick or treating” like visiting shopping malls, churches, and community-sponsored festivals. However, if the traditional neighborhood approach is preferred, remember to drive slowly in residential neighborhoods, and watch for children walking in the street, on medians, curbs, driveways and alleyways.
“Some of the local organizations that will be checking candy and other treats to make sure they are properly sealed and have not been tampered with include:_____________________,” said _______________________.