of the safety tips that allow children to observe Halloween safely
also are applicable to help ensure their safety throughout the year,
according to the Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO).
of the biggest concerns at night is visibility. Dusk is the time of
poorest visibility for drivers.
who trick or treat or participate in other nighttime events are
encouraged to do it during hours of daylight, if at all possible.
as well as other personnel out at night, are encouraged to wear
light-colored costumes or clothing that will make them easier to see.
Using reflective tape or apparel also can help increase visibility.
comfortable-fitting clothing that is easy to walk in can help reduce
falls or other accidents.
flashlights can help illuminate walking paths and also make
pedestrians more visible to motorists.
and parents are encouraged to sit down together and talk about how to
make Halloween and other nights safer. Adults or older, responsible
youths should be available to supervise outings for children younger
should know the routes of their children and also the names of older
can pin a slip of paper with their child’s name, address and
telephone number inside a pocket in case the youth gets separated from
his or her group.
should travel only along established routes and on sidewalks whenever
yards or lawns may present uneven terrain and unseen hazards that are
potential tripping obstacles.
youth have to walk in the roadway, they should walk on the left side
of the road, facing traffic. A return time should be set.
are encouraged to avoid darting out between parked cars, and walking
on roadways, medians or curbs. Pedestrians should enter and exit
driveways and alleys carefully.
or treaters should stop only at houses or apartments that are well-lit
and never enter a stranger’s home. Youngsters should be advised not
to eat any treats until they return home.
food treats that children receive should be brought home for
inspection before they are eaten.
are advised to check food for any potential hazards.
fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces to ensure nothing has
been placed inside. Unpacked items or items with loose or torn
wrappings should be thrown out.
costumes should be made of nonflammable or flame-retardant materials.
costumes and flowing false-hair wigs are dangerous around candles or
should have holes for the mouth and nose and especially big holes in
the eye area. If possible, use makeup instead of wearing a mask.
accessories should be made from cardboard or other flexible materials,
and children shouldn’t be allowed to carry sharp objects.
more information about Halloween safety or other safety topics in the
Fort McCoy community, call the ISO at (608) 388-3403 or visit the Fort
McCoy Extranet site, which is available through the Fort McCoy public
Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil,
by clicking on the Safety Section.
from information provided by the Fort McCoy Installation Safety