Keep Halloween a Safe, Special Treat

On October 31, small, strange creatures dot our roads, creeping up to homes with large bags, dashing from one place to another – often forgetting about passing cars and trucks.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative reminds you to drive carefully to keep Halloween a safe, special treat.

When preparing youngsters for trick-or-treating, be mindful of these suggestions from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Be sure the costume fits properly and allows the child to see through the mask and not trip. Buy only flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes. The fabric will resist burning and can be extinguished quickly.
  • For greater visibility, decorate or trim costumes and bags with reflective tape that glows in the beam of a car’s headlights. The tape is available at hardware or craft stores.
  • Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
  • Swords, knives and costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
  • Examine treats carefully for evidence of tampering before allowing children to eat the sweets or play with the toys.
  • Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.