For some, the magic of Halloween is veiled in the mystery of faces covered by frightening masks or the joy of toddlers dressed in cute costumes. For others, it's the trick-or- treating, classroom dress-up parties or family trips to a neighborhood haunted house or pumpkin patch.
For moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns.
Safety Tips for Motorists
• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
• At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing Trick-or-Treating
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone
• Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
• Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home
• All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
• If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
• When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
• Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
Be Aware of Dangers that Might Not be Visible During the Day
• Walk your property before Halloween to identify and minimize potential dangers, especially those difficult to see after dark. For example, check to make sure temporary extension cords are secured to avoid becoming a tripping hazard.
• Make sure walking surfaces are even and clear of debris, and that any obstacles are clearly marked, such as stakes, exposed roots or holes.
• Ensure that your front yard, walkway and entry way are well-lit so that those unfamiliar with your home can safely navigate. If using a fog machine, be careful that the fog does not make it difficult to see tripping hazards.
Be Smart about Where You Place Decorations
• Set up decorations with traffic flow in mind. Place them to prevent tipping over, blowing away or becoming a tripping hazard.
• When plugging in your scary indoor decorations, do not overload electrical outlets.
Set Up Spooky Lighting with Caution
• Avoid any kind of open flame.
• Consider using battery-operated candles or LED lighting as a safe alternative to candles.
• Do not drape costumes or other fabrics over light bulbs, which generate heat and can start a fire.
Choose Decorations Wisely
• Avoid dried flowers, cornstalks and crêpe paper because they are highly combustible. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
• Use lights and other electrical decorations that have been tested for safety – look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or another nationally-recognized laboratory
• Never staple, nail through or fasten electrical wires or extension cords in any way that might damage the wire or insulation. This could cause electrical shock or fire.
• Plug all outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help reduce the risk of electric shock. Portable GFCIs for outdoor use can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold.
Do Not be Frightened by the Risks
• Give yourself peace of mind and give me a call at 570-654-5239 to make sure you are properly covered.
• Consider an umbrella policy that could provide extra protection in case of an accident.