Teaching children about Halloween Safety including tips like never trick-or-treat alone (get your free safety tip printable here) is extremely important. Children need to understand that when it is dark outside, there are additional safety hazards that present themselves.
Many people light up their Jack-O-Lanterns with real candles. This has never sat right with me! When I was a Kindergarten teacher, I came up with the idea to light up our pumpkins with a battery-powered flashlight instead of a candle. This way, you don’t have to e concerned with children (you know, the little ones who aren’t watching where they are walking OR the older ones
These are our child decorated Jack-O-Lanterns from a few years ago when my children were a bit younger. The one in the middle is made with “pumpkin light brite” pegs that I picked up when I was teaching. The kids still like to decorate their carved Jack-O-Lanterns with the pegs. They often spend hours hammering the pegs into strategic places and I love the fact that they don’t have to be supervised. This provides them with a sense of ownership over their creation.
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs recommends keeping the following in mind with regards to Halloween Safety:
- Dangerous Décor: Jack-o-lanterns maybe a time-honored tradition, but they also represent a fire hazard. Instead of using a candle, place small flashlight or battery powered candle inside of the Jack-o-lantern. Using a long lasting battery like a Duracell Coppertop Battery will help keep them powered all night long.
- Don’t Blow It: When it comes to powering Halloween decorations, it’s easy to go overboard. But overloading extension cords and breakers is a fire hazard and will ruin the night. Be mindful of the decorations being used and when possible, opt for battery powered.
- Costume Considerations: When selecting this year’s Halloween costume, pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
- Light the way: Make sure everyone in the Halloween trick-or-treating party has a flashlight and trust that on Halloween they will have the power to light their way home with a Duracell Coppertop Battery. This will help make kids more visible to motorists and others. When is doubt, stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes with their lights turned on.
- Strength in Numbers: While always advised to have a parent present, at some point kids will want to trick-or-treat on their own. Give yourself peace of mind and make sure there is a party of at least three people.
- Know the Route: The temptation to collect as much candy as possible is understandable, but ill-advised. The safest option is to limit trick-or-treating to well-known neighbourhoods.
- Quality Control: Make sure kids resist the urge to sample the spoils of trick-or-treating until an adult has inspected the candy to see if it has been tampered with.
Will you try using a battery powered flashlight for Halloween Safety consideration this year?
I can’t wait to see what my kids create this year!
This post has been generously sponsored by Duracell. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.