Ensure You and Your Kids Are Safe This Halloween
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s important to remind yourself of all the best safety practices for you and your family. Although this is a celebratory holiday, accidents can happen, and it’s better to be prepared for all the possibilities. Whether it’s your costume, candy, or Halloween decor, here are some helpful tips, some from us and some from the FDA, to protect your home and family.
Think Beyond Your Costume
Although you may think it’s just as simple as choosing your favorite tv star or creepy monster, there are other things to consider when choosing your costume. Make sure the fabric of your costume is flame-resistant such as nylon or polyester. With all of those pumpkins lit by candles, accidental fires are potentially possible.
Beyond the fabric, it’s important to stray away from darker colors. The sun will set at around 6 PM on Halloween in Minnesota. Having more vibrant or reflective colors in your costume makes you more visible, keeping you and your children safer. It may be a good idea to also bring a flashlight, just in case you find yourself in a darker area.
Lastly, with winter drawing near here in Minnesota, remember to keep your children bundled up when trick-or-treating. Layering underneath their costume is the best option, and deviating from wearing masks so they don’t obstruct their vision is the best option. Try using face makeup as an alternative to your kids wearing a mask!
Make Sure Your Sweet Treats Are Safe
Enjoying the candy that trick-or-treating brings is a big part of Halloween, but it’s still important to have precautions in place for your children. Practicing food safety is important.
Here are some helpful tips to remember:
- Wait until you get back home and the candy is inspected before your children eat any
- Be aware of any food allergies from the candy by reading the label
- If any candy isn’t commercially wrapped or the wrapping seems to have been tampered with, don’t allow your kids to eat it.
Make Sure Your Home Is Secure
With many people coming and going, practicing safety measures within your property is important as well. It’s always fun to have a spooky yard for your visiting neighbors during Halloween, but make sure your walkway and front door are cleared of leaves, etc. Navigating an unknown front yard in the dark can be challenging enough, even more so with children potentially wearing masks and long costumes. Make sure no one can be liable for an injury or slip and fall during such a fun night.
Along with clearing your walkway of any leaves or Halloween decor, avoiding open flames is an important practice to follow. Although you don’t want a dark pathway, try using electric flames rather than the real thing. Also, remember to have your porch lights on if you are participating in handing out candy.
Don’t Let What If’s Haunt You
Make sure your home is protected. Halloween can bring the unexpected, and having home insurance offers you protection from any losses. Having liability coverage will also protect you if someone gets injured on your property. Call one of our agents at Hermann Insurance today to learn about all the benefits of protecting your home.
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