Halloween is a great time of year to have fun with the family.
However, there are certain dangers to the holiday that need to be taken into consideration over the spooky period.
Here are our top tips on keeping your children safe this Halloween.
Kids love to dress up for Halloween, but some costumes can be hazardous. It was well publicised when Claudia Winkleman’s daughter caught on fire after her costume came in contact with a flame four years ago. It’s important that all costumes are fire resistant. You can check this out on the label - it should say something along the lines of “flame-retardant,” “flame-resistant,” or “fire-resistant” – the exact phrasing will vary by the manufacturer.
In the unfortunate event of someone catching fire, they will need to, stop, drop and roll, which will make the flames harder to spread.
If they’re going out trick or treating in their costumes, consider putting reflective tape on the front and back to make sure they can be seen by drivers in the poor winter light. We also suggest using face make up rather than masks as they can make it harder for your child to see cars or danger.
It’s highly recommended to use LED lights instead of candles as these are a lot safer. You can buy these from a number of shops across the country.
If you prefer to use candles, don’t leave them unattended and keep them away from anything flammable.
Out and about
Before your child goes out trick or treating, it’s important that they know their road safety. Remind them STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK? to keep them safe on the roads.
It’s also important that children stay alert. If they have a mobile device when they’re out, remind them to keep it tucked away whilst walking and to keep their heads up and away from the screen.
It is recommended to not allow children under the age of 12 to go out trick or treating on their own. Children who are old enough, should stick to the areas they know and stay in a group of at least three children.
We hope you have a great Halloween! If you decide to throw a Halloween party this year, why not have a look at some great games you can play!