(MIAMI, October 30, 2015) – It is that time of year again, when ghosts and goblins come out to play. The scariest part of this holiday may not be the costumes, but a scary trip to the hospital or doctor! Here are some tips from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) to keep children safe so that Halloween can be a treat!
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
- 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.
- Make sure that an adult will be supervising the outing for children.
- Plan and discuss the route you intend to follow.
- Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas along established routes.
- Talk to your children about stopping only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and to never enter a stranger’s home.
- Inspect all candy before your children eat it. Do not let children eat candy that is already open. Keep hard candy away from young children since it is a choking hazard.
Costumes and Accessories:
- Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
- Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. Falls are the leading cause of injury during Halloween.
- If children will be out after dark, strips of reflective tape should be used to make them more visible.
- Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
- Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup.
- All children and adults should carry a flashlight. This will help you see better and be seen more clearly.
- Do not enter homes and apartments without adult supervision.
- Walk, do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross the street only at corners.
For more information, please contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at 786-331-5200.