From safety tips on trick-or-treating or guidance about costumes, the Boston Fire Department has released a list of procedures all Boston parents and guardians should take to keep loved ones safe this Halloween.
- Small children should always be accompanied by an adult. They should also be taken out early.
- Know what neighborhoods children will be in.
- Don't allow them in areas you're not completely comfortable with.
- Children should stay in a group.
- There should be ground rules set first, like what time to be home.
- Give children change to use a pay phone, if necessary.
- Always use sidewalks.
- Cover one side of the street at a time - no criss-crossing.
- Never enter a stranger's home or accept a ride.
- Only approach houses with lights on outside.
- Bags should be checked by adults before eating a single treat.
- Costumes should be bright-colored with reflective tape.
- Be sure all parts of the costumes are labeled "flame retardant."
- Costumes should not have trailing material or long tails.
- Pointed objects such as swords and devil's forks should be made of soft material.
- All masks should have eye holes large enough to see through clearly.
- Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature-appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.
Receiving Trick-or-Treaters and Decorations
- Make sure your home is well-lit.
- Make sure there is a clear path to your door (remove bicycles or lawn furniture that could be in the way.)
- Use a small flashlight in pumpkins instead of a candle.
- Only use flame-proof crepe paper.
- Keep dried leaves and corn stalks away from all flames and heat sources.
- Firecrackers, cherry bombs and fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. They can cause injury and fires on Halloween and should not be used.
- Throw out anything that appears to be tampered with, is home made or home packaged, unless you are certain of the source.
- Inspect fruit closely.
- Take away treats that are not age appropriate (young children can choke on hard candies or peanuts.)
Note: Information used in this guide was taken directly from a Boston Fire Department flyer on Halloween safety. You can read the full notice here.