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.

CDC Zombie Eyes

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

Tummy tips

  • Try to limit the amount of candy that has to be eaten in one night!

Finally

  • Have fun!!
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