Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bluebird Patch Halloween Safety Checklist

Bluebird Patch Halloween Safety List Checklist

  • Kids Safety: Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen. Glow bands or sticks are a must!

  • Costume Safety: Kids must wear bright, flame retardant costumes. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

  • Put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms or any Halloween prop.

  • If your child is trick or treating with a group and you are staying home to give out the candy make sure you provide each child with a wristband with your name and cell phone number. Or, write this information on a piece of paper and place it in each child’s pocket.

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.

  • Road Safety: Walk on sidewalks, not on the street. Cross the streets ONLY at corners. Do NOT hide or cross the street between parked cars. In the case where there is no sidewalk, walk close to the edge of the street or on the grass area (not across residents lawns) facing the on-coming traffic.

  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns and sidewalks and by placing jack-o’-lanterns away from doorways and landings.

  • Life Saving Reminders: Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles. Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire. Never enter a strangers house or car for a treat, and don't eat your candy until an adult at home has checked it.

  • Give kids a big meal before heading out to trick-or-treat so they’re not tempted to eat candy before they get home.

  • Candy Safety: Tell your child he'll be able to eat some but he mustn't try anything unless you check it first. When checking your child's candy, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Carefully review each individual piece, checking for pinholes or tears. If candy doesn't have a wrapper it should be discarded. If a treat is homemade, best to throw it out unless you know the giver well. If your child has an allergy, read labels carefully. And avoid giving a child under 4 potential choking hazards -- gum, popcorn, nuts and hard candies.

Call Police immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
Decorations for special events, most often involving candles, account for an annual average of 800 home fires in North America, causing nearly $4 million in direct property damage. Additionally, more than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothing becoming ignited.

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