Halloween Safety Tips

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The Town of Maynard wants everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.   Here are some safety tips from the Maynard Police and Fire Departments.

 

Downtown / Neighborhood Trick or Treating – 2016

2009A-263-4634Downtown Maynard merchants in cooperation with the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce will have their annual downtown Trick or Treat on Thursday, Oct 27th from 4pm to 6pm.

Candy and activities will be available along both Nason and Main Streets.

Nason Street will be closed to traffic during the event.

Neighborhood Trick or Treating will be on Monday, October 31st from 6pm – 8pm

Please be extra cautious when traveling on the roads during this time.

 

Safety Tips for Motorists

All motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets.

  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Never use your cell phone while driving.
  • Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.
 

Trick-or-Treating

jack-o-lanternMost importantly, all children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, but before trick-or-treating, parents should:

  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Agree on a specific time for your children to come home.
  • Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them.
  • Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.
  • Walk; do not run,from house to house.
  • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards and never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
  • Children will be anxious to stuff themselves with treats, but parents need to take these necessary precautions first:
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten, then examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before your children eat them.
  • Give children an early meal before going out to prevent them from filling up on Halloween treats or eating anything before you can inspect it.
  • Only let your children eat factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
 

Costumes

When making or purchasing Halloween costumes, follow these safety precautions to ensure your children remain safe while looking great:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider non-toxic makeup or decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • If masks are worn, they should have large eye holes and nose and mouth openings. Encourage your children to remove their masks before crossing the street.
  • Children should only wear well-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls.

These Halloween Safety tips are recommendations from the National Safety Council and are posted on their website: http://www.nsc.org

 

Fire Department Halloween Safety Tips

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
    Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.