Health and Safety and Halloween
Halloween Safety: Spooky Statistics
Halloween could be very different this year to what would normally be due to COVID 19
Did you know?
- Children are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident on Halloween night over any other night.
- 12% of children aged five years old and under are allowed to go trick-or-treating alone.
- Only 18% of parents ensure that reflective tape is used on their children’s costumes.
- Only 35% of parents each year, teach their children about Halloween safety.
Trick or Treating at Halloween is great fun for your children, however, there can be various safety hazards that could occur on the night.
Some Halloween makeup and face paints can affect the skin. So, to prevent this from happening on the day, try a little bit of the makeup on your children beforehand to see if it causes a reaction to the skin. There are some great natural brands to try too.
No children under the age of 12 should be trick or treating on their own. It is vital that they go trick-or-treating with an adult to ensure their safety. Never approach houses that don’t have outside lights on or a pumpkin in their garden. Avoid dark driveways and porches and never go into a stranger’s home.
Walking around the streets at night can be very dangerous for pedestrians. Stay on the open lit pavements and don’t take any shortcuts through dark alleys and gardens.
Make sure you all have mobile phones available. In the case of an emergency, they may be vital in calling for help or emergency services.
The rules of the road still apply on Halloween… make sure you cross the road in groups and on designated crossings. Make yourself known by the traffic and don’t run into the road, especially if you are not wearing reflective or brightly coloured clothing.
Furthermore, if their costumes aren’t already bright, make sure you add something reflective so they are visible to cars
Check the treats
Before your children eat their treats, you should inspect what they’ve got. Throw away any packages that look like they may have been opened. It’s important they only eat wrapped treats. Some children have allergies to certain sweets so be aware of this if you are hosting a Halloween party.
When purchasing Halloween costumes make sure they fit your children correctly. Doing this will help them to avoid tripping over when they’re out trick or treating. It’s also important to choose non-flammable fabrics like 100-per cent synthetic nylon, acrylic and polyester.
Lights, torches and lamps – Try to take something that can make you visible to everyone whether it is a torch, lamp or a light of some kind – there are so many to choose from. There are also some amazing glow sticks that you can purchase.
Make sure any hats or masks fit correctly especially if the children have to cross any roads.
Pet safety is also a big concern during this time of the year with scary Halloween people and fireworks.
Obviously, sweets and Halloween come hand in hand, so you need to be mindful about your pet getting hold of them. Keep bowls off the ground and out of reach.
Chocolate or anything containing xylitol can be poisonous to your pet. Discarded sweet wrappers that are lying around can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Make sure your children also know this to prevent them from feeding them to your pet. I would also add a drop of lavender Essential Oil to the pads of their feet to calm them. You can also add a drop to their bedding too and massage into their fur. Try to have TV noise or music playing if you are going out and if you are aware of any local fireworks displays.
Decorative pumpkins are actually more dangerous than they appear. A candle inside a lantern or a pumpkin can be enticing for a pet, which creates a huge fire hazard. To reduce the hazard when one is tipped over, replace the candle with a battery-powered light. Chewed wires can also lead to a dangerous cut, burn or electric shock.
Treat the scary carved face in a pumpkin as a toxic warning sign. Pumpkins can be toxic to your pets if they decide to have a nibble on one for a quick snack. Out of reach ornaments or cuddly toys are great replacements for hazardous decorations.
Make sure you help your child carve the pumpkin. There are many accessories that you can now purchase to help with the perfect carving however many are sharp and will need supervision.
In an ideal world, you shouldn’t be dressing your pet up. Costumes can cause unneeded anxiety and stress for your pet. If you have one of those wacky pets who love to be dressed up make sure they can move, breath, eat, drink and go to the toilet properly. Keep an eye out for anything that can fall off their costumes and cause your pet to choke. I remember a few years ago our cat Molly who is a black cat followed us around a few houses on our estate when I went with my daughter and she got lost for a few hours – so that was a bit scary for us!!
Trick Or Treaters
Halloween can be hectic for your pet. The constant knocking at the door and strangers approaching the house can be very distressing. A great way to lower your pet’s stress can be removing them from the high traffic area. Take them out of the action and leave them in a nice quiet room. Calming diffusers with lavender can be a great way to get them to settle.
The continuous havoc of Halloween can easily startle your cat or dog. A shock can lead them to run away and get lost. Make sure that your pet is tagged and microchipped in case they make a break for it.
Top 5 Tips for an Honestly Safe Halloween
- Keep toxins out of costumes. Try to use natural materials
- Plan your night ahead. …
- Wear bright colours and/or add reflective tape to costumes. …
- Accompany small children all the way to the doors. …
- Always check sweets Before Eating them.
Wrap up warm
With it almost being November, Halloween temperatures can be chilly. Average temperatures are normally around 12C at their highest and dropping down to around 9C at their lowest.
So if you’ve dressed your child in a netted fairy costume then make sure to wrap them up in a thick coat and tights or vest tops underneath.
Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween and Fire Work Displays