Halloween Safety Tips and #ShineATealLight on Food Allergy this Halloween

Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips

The Victoria Department has some helpful tips for keeping children safe and preventing fires in your home on Halloween:

  • To prevent tripping, do not choose costumes that are billowing, long or have trailing fabric.
  • If you are making a costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with
    heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights or glow-in-the-dark props to carry for lighting as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a Jack-o-lantern. If using a real candle, use extreme caution and make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Keep outdoor pathways clear of tripping hazards for trick-or-treaters.

REMINDER: For safety, fireworks are not permitted in the City of Victoria.The use of fireworks can result in injuries, property damage, pet stress, and an increase in calls to emergency service agencies.

#ShineATealLight on Food Allergy This Halloween

Consider participating in Food Allergy Canada’s new #ShineATealLight campaign to show that you have non-food items available (e.g. stickers, Halloween pencils and erasers, glow sticks, etc.) for children with allergies.

You can shine a teal-coloured light bulb outside your home, or purchase or make a teal-tissue paper lantern and use a battery-operated tea light. Learn more.