Basic Halloween Safety Guidelines

a little girl holding a pumpkin trick-or-treating bucket and wearing a black tutu and orange and black striped socks

Halloween is a fun time to dress up and have some fun! The Courtland Towers wants to help ensure residents of our apartment community have a safe night this Halloween, so we are sharing a few basic safety guidelines to follow for an accident-free night.

Trick-or-Treating

If you have children, ensure that you or another responsible adult is going with them if you can’t. Clearly establish expectations for when children should be home and have a way of communicating with them in case of an emergency. Communicate allergy accommodations with neighbors if you can so that your children and others can enjoy their treasures safely.

Only visit people you know in familiar areas. Carry a flashlight to see and be seen. Stay on the sidewalk at all times, walking on the right side of the road. Cross streets at crosswalks and intersections. Do not cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clotheslines can become hidden hazards in the dark.

Decorating

Use glow sticks or battery-operated candles inside jack-o-lanterns instead of open flame candles. If you do use candles in your jack-o-lanterns, never leave them unattended. Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters. Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns that are indoors away from curtains, flammable decorations, and other combustibles that could be ignited.

Costuming

Check that your costume, its materials, and any props you use are flame resistant. Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to be able to watch and listen for cars. Also, make sure your costume fits. It’s easy to trip on costumes that are too long or shoes that are too big. Put glow-in-the-dark or reflective patches or strips on your costumes so drivers can see you better.

What additional safety tips do you want to add to our post? Share your suggestions in the comments. Thanks for reading our post. Have a safe and happy Halloween here in Arlington, VA!

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