Halloween can be tons of fun for kids of all ages, but along with various Halloween activities come many hazards. According to safekids.org, 89% of kids participate in Halloween activities. 77% of parents have Halloween-related fears.
Statistics show that these fears aren’t unjustified; there are twice as many child pedestrian deaths on Halloween compared to any other day and Halloween produces the 4th most emergency visits of any U.S. holiday. There are many ways to avoid these risks.
For the most part, there are three areas of concern for Halloween safety: Injury prevention, pedestrian safety, and fire safety. For more details see the infographic below.
- Safely carve pumpkins with tools specifically for the activity
- Do not let children use sharp knives.
- Try painting pumpkins instead, for a safer activity
- Light jack-o-lanterns with LED lights instead of candles
- Avoid flammable decorations
- Do not use real candles to decorate
- Follow normal pedestrian rules for walking/crossing the street
- Use flashlights or glowsticks to increase your visibility to others in the dark
- Use reflective tape on costumes
- Avoid masks or headwear that impedes vision
- Make sure costumes fit well and are not a tripping hazard
- Costumes should be flame-resistant
- Beware of treat-related food allergies