Will you trick or treat this year? It’s almost time to hit the streets in search of treats. Halloween may be the scariest time of the year, but you and your family should feel safe. Take into considerations these tips from the Williamson County EMS:
Advise children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim bags with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores. To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. If a mask is worn make sure it has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material. Also, young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.