Wishing you a Happy (and Safe) Halloween

Posted on Behalf of  Liz Best

The leaves are beginning to change from green to vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds, indicating that the fall season is upon us. Soon children will be heading out for their annual evening of trick-or-treating. Please read below, for a few guidelines which will help ensure that they do so safely.

Picking a Costume

When helping children pick out a costume, remember to purchase well-fitting clothing and masks to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Additionally, purchase soft, flexible costume accessories, such as knives and swords.

Pumpkin Carving

Small children should not use knives to carve pumpkins. Alternatives include letting the child trace a pattern that the parent then carves, as well as using paints, markers, or stickers as decorations.

Trick-Or-Treating

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween". While trick-or-treating, remember to walk with children and in large groups. Use sidewalks, flashlights, and reflective tape to increase children's visibility. After returning home, inspect each treat given to children for signs of package tampering or potential choking hazards. Also, be cautious about letting children consume home-baked goods.

Preparing your Porch

Make sure your porch or doorstep is safe for others. Clean up any tripping hazards, paying special attention to hoses, extension cords, and leaves. Do not use candles to light up jack-o-lanterns and opt for a battery-operated device instead. Luminaries can also pose a fire hazard and should be avoided.

Cardno is committed to a Zero Harm workplace, meaning we strive to achieve "no harm to anyone, while at work" with a strong commitment to safety. In this same spirit, we hope that you have a fun and safe Halloween.