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Seymour EMS urges safety during Halloween-related activites

October 5, 2018

SEYMOUR — As October pushes forward and Halloween approached, the town’s emergency medical services issued some tips and advice for families to keep safe during this spooky season.

Seymour EMS said safety should be on the forefront when it comes to costumes, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

“Halloween is an exciting time for your young ones,” the agency said. “As a parent, safety should be your number one priority when planning for Halloween night.”

As the holiday gets closer, and families purchase pumpkins for carving, Seymour EMS said it’s important to keep small children away from the tools used for carving.

“Small children should never be allowed to carve their own pumpkin,” the agency said. “If they want to do independent work, encourage them to draw their design.”

To prevent any injury or fire, Seymour EMS encourages families to use a glow stick or flashlight to illuminate their pumpkin instead of a candle. Those who do use a candle, should be sure it’s far away from anything that could catch fire and that children know to keep their distance from the flame.

When it comes to dressing up, parents should ensure their children have a safe costume — which means avoiding dark colors if possible.

“These can be difficult for drivers to see in the dark and result in unwanted injuries from motor vehicles,” Seymour EMS said. “If your child insists on having a dark costume, add some reflective tape or striping to increase visibility.”

To prevent kids from tripping over their costumes, parents should make sure their children are wearing outfits that properly fit them.

Masks are essential to many Halloween costumes, but they can also limit vision.

“Consider safe alternatives like non-toxic makeup to avoid blocking your child’s eyesight,” Seymour EMS said.

If a child’s costume comes with a sword, cane or other accessory, parents should make sure the item isn’t sharp to prevent any potential injuries.

“Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when walking around neighborhoods,” Seymour EMS said. “Be sure everyone is carrying flashlights with fresh batteries.”

Older children who go out on their own should be familiar with the process of calling 911 in case of an emergency and should have a detailed route planned for how they’ll get home by a set curfew, the agency said.

“If you notice any suspicious activity, law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately,” Seymour EMS said.

Further tips can be found at on the Seymour EMS website.

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