Don't Frankenstein Your Lights
Do not connect more than three miniature light
strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords
and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage. Cords should not be run
under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples.
Inspect Decorations with Fiendish Care
Inspect all of your electric lights and
decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and
loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard. Look for a red UL mark to
indicate that lights are certified for both indoor and outdoor use. A green
UL mark indicates certification for indoor use only.
Beware of Candles!
Candles, especially in a Jack O'Lantern,
should be off the ground and out of children's reach. Try battery-operated
LED candles for an even safer option.
Don't Trip Up Your Goblins
Halloween costumes should allow full movement
for your kids. Costumes that drag, constrict or drape pose a dangerous
hazard, especially at night. Check to ensure that costumes don't restrict
your children's vision, and instruct them to watch out for tripping hazards,
such as cords.
Say Boo! to Unsafe Costumes
Be sure to purchase or make costumes out of
flame-resistant materials such as nylon or polyester as these specially
marked fabrics will resist burning and extinguish quickly. Make sure your
child knows to stop, drop and roll in case their costume catches fire.
Be Safe and Bright
Choose costumes that are lighter in color and
attach reflective materials to costumes. Make sure each child has a
flashlight to help them see and be seen.
Monsters from Feeding
Never let your kids eat Halloween candy before
you inspect it in the light at home. Even if you know your neighbors, you
should always check to be safe and throw away open candy or anything that
looks at all suspicious.