Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween safety tips make for spooky, fun celebration

Ghosts, ghouls and monsters aren't the only things to be afraid of this Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children are out trick or treating. Anytime a child has an accident, it's tragic, and the last thing you want to happen is to have your child hurt on such a fun-filled holiday, ruining it in their minds forever.
“To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, the first thing to use is your common sense,” said Lt. Denny Hughes of the Farmington Hills Fire Department. “Be aware of potential hazards and take the necessary precautions to eliminate them. You may want to consider attending an indoor party, and bypass the traditional chaos on Halloween night. In any event, trust your instincts. If it seems like it's wrong or a bad idea, it probably is,” he added.
Every possible hazard can't be covered, but here are some tips that will hopefully make for an enjoyable evening for everyone:
Try to wear flame retardant costumes if possible.
Try on your costume before wearing it. Then alterations can be made so that it actually fits and doesn't drag on the ground, causing you to trip.
Find a costume with lots of reflective trim on it.
Avoid masks if possible and use face makeup. This will allow for better vision in the darkness.
Make-up should be hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
Keep all parts of your costume away from an open flame.
Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. If you do, be sure they are rubber, flexible and cannot harm anyone.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick so that you are easily seen at night.