Schenectady County is sharing tips from the National Safety Council with residents to help keep kids safe this Halloween.
“Following these safety tips can help keep Halloween a safe and fun night for the whole family,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.
“Parents can use these tips as a guideline when talking to their kids about what is and isn’t safe to do while trick-or-treating,” said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino. “Let’s make this year the safest Halloween yet in Schenectady County.”
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- Opt for nontoxic Halloween makeup over masks, which can obscure vision; always test makeup in a small area first to see if any irritation develops
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
Keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night:
- A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
- Agree on a specific time children should return home
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home, and take care to avoid any food allergies
Safety Tips for Motorists
- 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
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
Learn more at https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/seasonal-safety/autumn-safety/halloween.