The following are some guidelines to follow to insure a happy and harmless Halloween;
• Small children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult who will keep the anxious little ones from wandering and insure their safety.
• Older children, who are accustomed to being out alone without supervision, should make their candy rounds in groups. No one should be alone at night on Halloween.
• Parents should make sure that their little ones’ costumes are also safe. Masks should never impede vision. Costume lengths should be such that children will not trip on them or get them stuck on objects like fences, bushes and trees. It is always a good idea to have some reflective material or tape on their costumes so that as the sun dims they are still easily visible. Also, stay away from costumes made of flammable materials. Some homeowners still use candles in their jack-o-lanterns and close contact with a flammable material could be disastrous.
Parents must be just as careful inside their homes, especially when there are gatherings or Halloween parties.
• The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) strongly urges parents to only use cordless window products in homes with young children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the older, corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes. Every year there are reports of infants and children accidentally being strangled by window cords.
• Make sure you don’t have candles and or lit carved pumpkins near curtains or anything that is flammable.
The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety The Council also assists and supports its members in the industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage the use of cordless products in homes with young children, its redesign of corded products, and to support the national ANSI/WCMA standard for corded window coverings. WCSC’s activities in no way constitute an assumption of any legal duty owed by its members or any other entity.
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