It’s October, one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but Halloween also falls at the end of this month. Yards are filled with spooky or fun decorations, and children get to dress up in their favorite costumes to go trick or treating! It’s all in fun, but be sure to follow these Halloween safety rules before kids come knocking on your door this Halloween. This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Erie Insurance.
Of course all of the parents out there will want to make sure that their children are safe this Halloween too, so follow these Halloween safety tips before the kids head out trick or treating.
- Make sure costumes are not too long or too small. You don;t want children to trip, and they should be able to move freely.
- Skip the mask or helmet is the child does not have a full line of vision without it. Nontoxic, hypoallergenic face paint can be a great alternative.
- Comfortable shoes are important for all that walking.
- Costumes, wigs and accessories should be flame resistant.
- Use reflective tape on your child’s costume if trick or treating at night so that cars will be able to spot them easier.
- Send a flashlight (with working batteries) so that they can light the path in the dark.
- If your child will be trick or treating without you, put their name along with your phone number and
address on a bracelet or in the costume. Be sure they know your phone number and to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
They say it’s all fun and games, until someone gets hurt. Be sure to take extra precautions this Halloween to ensure that your home is safe and no one does get hurt on your property.
Follow these Halloween safety rules before trick or treaters come knocking
- Make sure the walkways are clear of debris like toys, rakes and stones. Check your yard for any debris or sticks too, since not all children will stay on the pathway.
- Turn exterior lights on so that children have a safe path to walk.
- Keep pets secured. It’s best to keep them in a separate room so that there is no chance for them to escape.
- Lock your doors. This includes all doors to your house, garage and vehicles.
- Make sure your railing is secure, as children will likely be using it to get up the stairs.
- Skip the candles and choose flameless instead so no accidental fires occur.
- Choose the best place for candy distribution. If you have many stairs or a long driveway, you might want to pass out candy in the driveway so there is less distance to walk.
- If you plan to skip the festivities, leave your lights on to deter potential thieves and never leave an unsupervised candy bowl as someone could come by and taint the candy.
If despite your precautions, someone does get injured on your property, it’s important to make sure you’re fully covered with the right homeowners insurance policy, such as one from Erie Insurance.