ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is wishing all Georgians a happy Halloween and offering parents and guardians some tips to ensure children stay safe.
“Halloween is meant to be a treat each year for Georgia’s children and their families,” said Attorney General Carr, “As Georgians discuss the perfect costumes and best routes to take, carving out some time to discuss safety can help ensure that the night is filled with fun.”
Our office encourages parents and guardians to consider the following tips:
- Make sure costumes are “flame resistant.”
- If the costume has a mask, make sure your child has eye holes large enough for good peripheral vision.
- Use soft and flexible materials for swords, knives and other props.
- Make sure Halloween costumes fit properly. A costume that is too loose could pose a tripping hazard or accidentally get ignited by the open flame of a jack-o-lantern.
- Make sure face paint is hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
Pumpkin Carving and Decorations:
- An adult should always be present for pumpkin carving. Let children participate by drawing the face on the pumpkin and scooping out the insides, but leave the carving to an adult.
- Any open flame can potentially be dangerous. Consider using artificial lights instead.
- Plan a safe route, sticking with familiar neighborhoods and houses that are well-lit inside and outside.
- Younger children should be with an adult, and older children should travel in groups.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so drivers can see trick-or-treaters better at night.
- Carry a flashlight and bring a cell phone.
- Be sure your children know to look both ways before crossing the street and to only cross at corners or crosswalks. This is even more important when it’s dark outside.
- Teach your children never to accept rides from strangers, no matter what the person says to them.
- Parents should inspect all candy to make sure it is safely wrapped and doesn’t pose an allergic threat or choking hazard.