The Kentucky Fire Commission encourages children and adults of all ages to think about safety as they celebrate Halloween.
“It’s a time for family fun and costumes, but it can also be very dangerous,” said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day. “We encourage children and adults to not forget safety when dressing up and collecting candy.”
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:
* Dress up with safety in mind. Costumes should be bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see your little monsters on the road. Make sure costumes and accessories (wigs, capes, etc.) are flame resistant.
* Try makeup instead of a mask. Plastic masks are hot and can obstruct a child’s vision. Try non-toxic makeup instead. Be sure to wash it off before bedtime to avoid any skin irritation.
* Trick-or-treat the safe way. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. A responsible adult should always accompany young children. Older children should only walk a pre-approved route and return at a pre-arranged time.
* Stay in a group. Communicate with the group where you will be going and carry a cell phone for emergencies and last minute changes.
* Light the way. All walkers should have their own flashlight.
* Delay eating treats until a parent has inspected them. Make sure treats are commercially wrapped, unspoiled and have no signs of possible tampering.
* Prepare your home for little visitors. Be careful with candles and open flame near your door. Check outdoor lights, sweep leaves from the sidewalk and pathway and restrain any pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a Trick-or-Treater.