Happy Halloween Safety Review

Halloween has arrived! And with it, costumes, pumpkin carving (and pumpkin spice flavored goodies), decorations, and enough candy to last the year. Take care of your little ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches this year by adhering to safe practices in all of your Halloween festivities.

One of the most frightening Halloween facts: pedestrian accidents are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Dark roads with children running free can make a happy night of trick-or-treating into a devastating nightmare. Plan costumes ahead of time; make them brightly colored. Add reflective strips and tape to costumes and trick-or-treating buckets. Make it fun for the kids by giving out glow stick jewelry– the more they glow, the safer they’ll be! Instruct children in general pedestrian safety rules.

If the costume involves a mask, find one that fits and will not obstruct vision. However, it’s better to forgo the mask if possible, and use a non-toxic makeup face paint. If using face paint, try it before the big night on a small portion of skin to check for any sensitivities resulting in rash. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye exam and prescription from a doctor. Disregard directions on decorative contact lens packaging that says otherwise, as improper materials can result in eye irritation, and sometimes even permanent eye damage or loss of function (American Academy of Pediatrics).

All accessories should be labeled as flame-resistant, and leave no trailing pieces which could catch fire. If the costume involves a sword or staff, or other weapon-like piece, it should not be sharp or too long. A stumble could injure your child, or someone else.

Carving pumpkins to welcome trick-or-treaters to your door? Never let a small child carve a pumpkin. They can always draw on their design with a marker– and then let your artistic carving skills step in and do the knife work. Consider using a flashlight, glow stick, or electric candle to light the jack-o-lantern. If you do use a flame, votive candles are safest.

Be safe, enjoy trick-or-treating, and a Happy Halloween from all of us at BMR Insurance! Call us today at 714-838-1911 for a free quote.

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