Safety a part of Halloween fun

Monday, October 22, 2012

With Halloween bearing down on us, Cherokee, as well as other towns, will celebrate the annual spookfest with trick-or-treat scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31.

There are several safety suggestions from the National Safety Council that parents and families should keep in mind while making plans for the trick-or-treating sessions. Major among those are:

*Be sure children's costumes fit properly, allowing them to easily see through their masks and not trip over their costumes.

*Only buy costumes that are flame resistant or flame retardant. The fabric will resist burning and the flames will be extinguished quickly.

*For greater visibility, decorate or trim costumes and bags with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a vehicle's headlights. Reflective tape is available in most hardware, department and craft stores.

*Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible materials.

*Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.

*Make sure your children are carrying emergency identification with them when they go trick-or-treating, in case they get lost or separated from their group. Attach your name, address and phone number on their costumes or on a bracelet.

*Examine treats carefully for evidence of tampering, before allowing children to eat the sweets or play with the toys.

*If you're putting up spooky lighting or stringing speaker wire for scary sounds, locate all cords away from where children will be walking. Make sure you plug the cords into GFCI-protected outlets.

*Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flames. Better yet, use flashlights or other small battery-operated lights instead of candles for decorating.

*Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

Follow these simple safety rules, and everyone can enjoy an injury and worry free Halloween !