Halloween safety tips from Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. D.K.I.

Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration Inc, D.K.I. wants everyone to enjoy their Halloween and be safe while they are trick or treating. There are about 41 million potential trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14, according to the latest U.S. Census data. A scary statistic is that twice as many kids are hit by a car while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year. Kids are distracted. They are having fun running from one house to the next. Here are some tips to help them stay safe and have fun…..

  • Make sure to have a healthy dinner before leaving or plan for a dinner out together.
  • Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Glow sticks attached to their treat bags is a fun way to add some visibility.
  • Be cautious with face paint—-much of it isn’t FDA-approved and could trigger allergic reactions. (Always test it first on a small patch of skin.) Remove it before bedtime to avoid skin/eye irritation.
  • Never use decorative contact lenses; they can result in severe eye infections.
  • DON’T let children trick-or-treat alone.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always walk, don’t run from house to house.
  • Stay on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Look for cars when walking by a driveway.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Children should only enter homes with a trusted adult.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Keep a first aid kit in the car in case of slips, trips and falls.

Most importantly….. HAVE FUN! 

Did you know….

  • Halloween is a mix of traditions from Celtic, Catholic and Roman religious rituals.
  • Costumes came from the Celtic tradition of dressing up and lighting bonfires to ward off ghosts thought to return on Halloween.
  • Pumpkins can be orange, white and yellow. They were entered into Halloween celebrations after Irish immigrants came to America.Original Jack-o-Lanterns were carved out of turnips or potatoes.