What should I be for Halloween 2016? It’s a big question this time of year, for many kids and adults alike.
Some people plan ahead, while others go for last-minute Halloween costumes, but whatever your approach may be, it’s most important to stay safe.
Please read these Halloween safety tips, and share them with your family, friends, and community.
Choose a safe Halloween costume
It’s important to choose a Halloween costume that keeps you as visible as possible. If the costume isn’t light-coloured or bright, add reflective tape or arm bands.
Here are some other tips (among many) offered by the B.C. RCMP:
* Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it
* Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials
* Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume
Be careful crossing the street and driving your vehicle
See ICBC’s top 8 Halloween safety tips for parents and drivers, which include:
* Don’t text while driving or walking (important all year)
* Keep an eye out for hard-to-see costumes
* Drive slowly and with extra caution
* Establish a walking route in advance and stay on the sidewalk
Carve your pumpkin with care
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand offers tips for Pumpkin carving safety. Here are a few of them:
* Carve in a clean, dry, well-lit area
* Ask kids to draw the face and get adults to carve it
* Use the small saw in a pumpkin-carving kit – not a super-sharp knife
Keep Halloween food safety in mind
* Make sure kids have a good meal before they go trick-or-treating
* Tell kids not to eat candy or treats until an adult at home has made sure they’re are safe
* Look out for foods that could be choking hazards
Keep your pets safe
Here are some Halloween safety tips for pets from the B.C. SPCA:
* Don’t feed your pets candy, especially chocolate, which can be toxic to them
* Keep your pets inside
* If your pets are scared of fireworks and other loud noises, reassure them by staying calm and distracting them
Links to even more Halloween safety tips
Halloween Safety – from the Canadian Red Cross
Make this a fun and safe Halloween – from BC Children’s Hospital
Ten Halloween safety tips – from the Canada Safety Council
Top five Halloween safety tips – from Consumer Protection BC
Halloween safety: Tips for families – from the Canadian Pediatric Society
Halloween safety: Tips for trick-or-treaters – from the Mayo Clinic
Halloween safety – from the Canadian Association of Optometrists
Anything to add?
Please add your own safety tips (or links to them) in the Comments below.