Prepare Kids for Trick-or-Treating

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 in 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.