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Blog posted on 26th October 2016 by Ashleigh Cleet
Autumn is one of those seasons where there’s a lot going on in the way of events. Leaves are falling from the trees, we’re crunching our way to school and we’re making plans for Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Of course, this time of year comes with many safety risks, from being out after dark, knocking on doors for Trick or Treat fun, or using fireworks and sparklers. Protecting your children during this time is paramount, ensuring that they are safe and having fun at the same time. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of tips to do just that…
It is so much safer to allow your children to go out before dark when celebrating Halloween. Going out when it’s darker increases risk of encounters with strangers and also busy traffic. If you do choose to let your child go out in the dark then make sure that drivers can see their costumes. It is a fact that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult or supervised from a safe point on the street. If your kids are mature enough to go it alone without an adult, then make sure that they have a curfew and there are firm rules in place so that they don't endanger themselves.
A lot of people don’t like to participate on Halloween, so if you come across a house that doesn’t have a light on, or if it looks like no one is answering the door after you’ve knocked a couple of times, then it’s probably best to move on to the next house. You must also ensure that they’re not knocking on doors too late either. People do not like that, and it can also be very unsettling for pets, too.
It is likely that many of the outfits available to purchase at Halloween are not health and safety regulated, especially if you buy cheap. You must remind kids to stay safe around Jack o’lanterns and other naked flames, like candles for example, to prevent any nasty accidents.
If you’re particularly worried about your child’s costume not being flame retardant, you can either check the label, or make a homemade outfit from fire proof materials.
Carving pumpkins is probably one of the best things about Halloween, as we get to create scary faces and patterns to freak out family, friends and neighbours. You need to ensure that you’re steady with your hands and to keep little fingers away from the sharp implements. Let them help by scooping out the insides and drawing on the face for you to carve out.
It is also advisable to use battery powered candles instead of real ones, as this will prevent dangerous fires and burns.
Ensure that your child has not been given something they are not allowed or sweets that may have been tampered with. You never know what your child could be given, so it’s best to check first.
If your little one wants a creepy design painting on their face, perhaps a skeleton or a zombie; then make sure that you’re using non-toxic face paint. This is important, as children have sensitive skin and they could have an adverse reaction to the chemicals in the makeup.