October 30, 2007
Trick-or-treaters should keep safety precautions in mind to make Halloween fun rather than unsafe, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
DSHS offers these safety tips for children:
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Walk on sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Use a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Wear light-colored costumes with reflective strips.
- Use face paint rather than a mask or hood that covers your eyes.
- Stay away from lighted candles, matches and open fires.
- Be careful around animals. Even pets may be scared by costumes and loud noises.
- Don’t eat any treats until they are checked by an adult.
DSHS offers these safety suggestions for adults:
- When driving, slow down. Watch for children running into the street.
- Accompany trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under.
- Be sure children carry only soft, flexible props.
- Set a time for older children to be home. Know the route they will take.
- Never let a child go trick-or-treating alone. Be sure at least two buddies go together.
- Remove breakable items or obstacles such as ladders, tools and toys from your yard.
- Keep jack-o’-lanterns and lighted candles away from costumes or paper decorations.
- Do not wear a Halloween mask while driving.
(News media: for more information contact Carrie Williams, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)