Halloween Safety 101

Halloween Health & Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner, and there’s no denying that it’s a favored holiday among the little ones in Gallatin County. Whether you’re a goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, we want you and your family to have a happy and safe Halloween.

Check out these tips for a safe and extremely fun Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating

  • Don’t let children trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. If kids are mature enough to be without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Only enter homes if you are with a trusted adult.
  • Only visit well-lit houses and don’t stop at dark houses.

Creative & Safe Costumes

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers so kids can be visible in the dark.
  • Wear well-fitting costumes, masks, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Always test makeup or face paint on the person who will be wearing it a couple days in advance. Put a small amount on the arm, and look for rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation, which could all be signs of a possible allergy.

Walk Safely

  • Have kids hold a flashlight or glow sticks while trick-or-treating to help them see and others see them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at corners, using signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left then right before crossing the street and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

Safe Treats

  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Watch for potential choking hazards (especially with young children), such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Encourage kids to eat a healthy snack before trick-or-treating, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.

 

Happy Halloween!!