Zombie attack safety tips
‘Tiz the season of Hallowe’en and what better way to prepare yourself than to have a quick refresher on what to do if, say, a Zombie attacks you – courtesy of the C.D.C. who say:
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this… [read on]
If you like that – you’ll be glad to know they produced a free Zombie Comic as well.
Pumpkin safety tips
The most common accident at this time of year? Cuts to fingers and hands from attempts to carve pumpkins! So:
- Use the correct tools and make sure they’re sharp (sharp tools are less likely to slip)
- Keep the area clean, dry and well-lit
- Don’t let your kids carve
- Try to do the carving first, then empty out the seeds. This way you don’t have one hand inside the pumpkin waiting to be stabbed
Hallowe’en costume safety tips
- Get flame retardant ones so there are no candle accidents
- Even so, keep them and wigs away from any flames
- Make sure you test any make-up before the day to ensure no-one is allergic
- Hem or adjust as needed so you don’t trip in the dark
- And wear good, weather-proof shoes
- And tie them securely
- If your costume is essentially black, Dracula, consider reflective tape or even a reflective treat bucket.
- Make sure costume knives, swords, etc are soft and can’t do actual damage
- Buy any ‘freaky contact lenses‘ from a reputable dealer, not Craig’s list
Streetwise safety tips
- Trick or treat with friends – it’s more fun too
- Plan a route through an area you know well, and carry a flash-light
- Only visit well lit houses and don’t enter them unless you know the people
- Carry a cell-phone
- As always, follow traffic rules and watch out for moving vehicles (Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year)
- Keep away from pets and other animals you don’t know, even if they look friendly
Other safety tips
- Carry a spare bag. If yours rips you don’t want to be trying to scrape candy out of the road. If you get even a small tear, swap bags.
- Review stop drop & roll with your kids in case the worst happens to their costume
- Be aware of what candy your young ones have – avoid anything they may choke on
- Try to limit the amount of candy that has to be eaten in one night!
- Have fun!!