Follow These Phantastic Halloween Safety Tips
With Halloween just weeks away, kids all around are anticipating the gobs of candy they will receive when they descend onto the streets as their favorite movie, television or video game character. For many, this is an exciting holiday, filled with laughter, joy and the occasional scream. To ensure everyone has a safe, fun and spooky time while out trick-or-treating, keep these practices in mind. The last thing we want is for Halloween to turn into a real-life nightmare.
Kids’ minds run wild around Halloween, trying to decide who they want to dress as. Whatever imaginative creature, superhero, athlete or musician your child is determined to be, make sure their costume can easily be identified by both you and nearby drivers. Here are some other costume safety tips to keep in mind:
- Your child’s costume should be a lighter color and decorated with reflective tape.
- Have your child carry a candy bag decorated reflective tape as well.
- If your child’s costume calls for a mask, consider using face paint instead. Masks can greatly inhibit vision.
- Make sure your child’s costume is properly sized to prevent them from tripping.
- Have your entire family wear glow sticks around their necks.
At 24/7 Electric, we truly care about keeping our community safe. One way we do this is by promoting the Be Seen on Halloween campaign, which will be located at the Auburn Bay Community Center (200 Auburn Bay Blvd SE). Come by anytime between 6:30 pm and 8 pm to say hi, and grab some hot chocolate and free glow stick pens to hang around your and your kid’s necks as you enjoy your spooktacular evening.
Whether you’re walking or driving to your destination(s), it’s important to be alert at all times. Follow these travel safety tips to avoid potential accidents:
- Never let your child trick-or-treat alone. Make sure an adult is present at all times.
- When you need to cross a street, follow traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Don’t let your child’s excitement get the best of them; make sure they walk, not run, up to houses.
- Stay on sidewalks and paths when possible. If these aren’t available to use, walk in a pack facing traffic, and stay as far to the left as possible.
- Teach your children never to run in front of vehicles.
- If you’re driving, go slow and always keep an eye out for darting children.
- Take your time at stop signs and lights, looking in all directions, before driving forward or turning.
If you’re opting to take part in all the hocus pocus from home by handing out candy to trick-ortreaters, make sure your haunted house, boneyard, carnival or laboratory causes a kind of scare that’s all in good fun. You don’t want to cause actual harm to anyone visiting your home. We’ve got some helpful decoration tips to keep in mind as you prepare for a night of enchantment:
- Inspect all electrical cords prior to using them, and keep them out of high-traffic areas.
- If you must keep them in a location where kids will be walking, purchase cord covers.
- Use UL-approved lighting, and inspect your lights before hanging them.
- Don’t keep decorations plugged in when you’re not at home or while you’re sleeping.
From all of us at 24/7 Electric , we wish you a happy and safe Halloween! If you have any electrical questions or needs leading up to the holiday, give us a call at 587-315-1361 or 778- 557-1519! We will be more than happy to help you create your vision.