TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY
Is your family ready to trick or treat? From costumes to candles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers trick or treat safety guidelines to ensure your family has a howling good time this Halloween.
While choosing a costume for your child can be fun, it’s important to choose wisely. Look for “flame resistant” costumes that are brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to motorists. Trick-or-treat bags should also be brightly colored or decorated with reflective tape.
The CPSC also encourages parents and caregivers to:
Use flameless candles for jack-o-lanterns and other holiday decorations.
Light sticks are also a great way to improve visibility at night, as well as a flameless, safe method to light Halloween decorations.
Only use decorative light strands (indoors or outdoors). Be sure a recognized testing laboratory has tested your Halloween lights. You can locate this information on the packaging.
According to the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments over a 3-day period around Halloween between 2011 and 2013.
Learn more about how to keep your family safe with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Halloween Safety page.
For additional safety tips, be sure to check out this Halloween Safety video from the U.S. Fire Administrator and FEMA.