5 tips for staying safe at Halloween
Stay healthy and keep your family out of harm's way with our top five tips for staying safe this Halloween…
Last year Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffered severe burns when her costume caught fire at a Halloween party. Since then the presenter has campaigned for stricter checks and regulations in regards to the flammability of child costumes. With this in mind the government has ordered spot checks of fancy dress and some retailers have carried out extra testing, but with many of us planning our costumes for this year’s festivities it is still important to consider the risks that a Halloween costume may pose. Since your family may be around Halloween decorations with open flames such as candles, check whether the costume is made from flame resistant materials1– this may be an obvious check, but how often do you actually read the labels on clothing? Read more about flame resistant costumes and what to look out for here.
Not only should a costume be safe, but it also needs to be warm4. Remember it’s almost November – during October the average temperature in the UK is 12 °C that’s 4°C cooler than it was in September and it can get colder5! For more information on staying warm during Halloween night click here.
Mums in the Know recommends planning your trick or treating prior to leaving your home, “Only visit streets you know and carry a torch if you live in areas with limited street lighting. It goes without saying to never let your young children trick or treat on their own – always in groups accompanied by an adult. Stay on pavements in well-lit areas and be careful when crossing the road. Only visit well lit houses, especially those which are decorated, as they are more likely to be joining in Halloween festivities. Ensure your children are respecting others and their property by staying on paths and not tramping flowerbeds or misbehaving when doors don’t open – Halloween isn’t for everyone!”7
When it comes to nutrition, trick or treating can often leave you as a parent stuck between a rock and a hard place. Trying to stop your child overloading on sugary treats on any day of the week can be difficult, in 2013 the Royal College of surgeons reported that tooth decay was the most common reason for 5 – 9 year olds visiting hospital2, and with sweets readily available during Halloween it can be even harder to reduce your child’s sugar intake. Super nanny recommends prior to trick or treating discussing with your children how much and how often they will eat their sweets and how they will be divided once they return home3. Read more tips on avoiding a Halloween sugar rush here.
It’s better to be safe than sorry! After you have finished trick or treating and you’re all ready to enjoy your Halloween treats make sure you check that there aren’t going to be any ghoulish surprises by throwing away any that are not in their original packaging or look as though they may have been opened.
Finally don’t forget to have lots of fun with your family and friends and follow these quick and easy tips to help your little ghosts and witches have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.
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- Peterborough Telegraph - Don’t let Halloween be frightening: Top 10 children’s costume safety tips
- Jamie Oliver – How much sugar is too much?
- Supernanny – Avoid the Halloween sugar rush
- BBC – Staying safe at Halloween
- Holiday Weather – October Weather Averages
- BT – Halloween safety: 10 tips for keeping children safe when trick or treating
- Mums in the Know – A guide to safe trick or treating