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Schenectady County Legislature and Sheriff Dagostino Share Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips

Schenectady County is sharing tips from the National Safety Council with residents to help keep kids safe this Halloween.

“Halloween is a magical time when kids get to dress up and let their imaginations run wild,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “By planning ahead and taking simple precautions, we can ensure that Halloween remains a delightfully safe and enjoyable experience for everyone in our community.”

“As we revel in the excitement of costumes, trick-or-treating, and festive gatherings on Halloween, it’s easy to overlook safety,” said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino. “These tips serve as a valuable resource for parents to help ensure that kids can enjoy the festivities with both fun and safety in mind. Let’s all look out for each other and have a safe and Happy Halloween.”

Costume Safety

  • 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

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