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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun-filled time for children and we wish you and your families a wonderful and safe holiday! 

Remember that there are dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. We encourage parents to take Halloween safety precautions to make sure their children remain safe while having fun. - Safety & Security


Halloween Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

All Dressed Up

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly so they don't slide over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.

  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

  • Do not use decorative contact lenses. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.

  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Carving a Niche

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.

  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.

  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.

Home Safe Home

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.

  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater or run away.

On the Trick-or-Treat Trail

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Healthy Halloween

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.

  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.

  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.

     

LCC Emergency Handbook

 

Instructions on how to deal with specific emergencies.


  Emergency

Medical, Police, Fire

From a college phone: 911
From any other phone: 911

Campus Security

From a college phone: 2911
From any other phone: (360) 442-2911


Please Make a Report if you observe or experience harassment, discrimination, bias, misconduct or threatening behavior.


Contact Safety & Security

The Safety & Security Office is located in the Student Center on the first floor (main lobby). To reach a campus security office call 2911 from a campus phone or (360) 442-2911 from any other phone.

Manager of Safety & Security

  Jason Arrowsmith
  Admissions Center Room 141B
  (360) 442-2270
  jarrowsmith@lowercolumbia.edu

Director of Environmental Health & Safety

  Janel Skreen
  Health & Science Building Room 324
  (360) 442-2273
  jskreen@lowercolumbia.edu

Title IX / EEO Coordinator, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  Kendra Sprague
  Administration Building Room 115
  (360) 442-2121
  title9@lowercolumbia.edu

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