Many Halloween parties and activities are planned for this week, in addition to thousands of trick-or-treaters roaming the streets on Thursday night. With the increase in activity for the holiday, Emergency Medical Services across Indiana are reminding Hoosiers to be safe and aware of their surroundings this Halloween season. Emergency Medical Services are part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
As it gets dark earlier in the evening, it is important for Hoosiers to be aware of what is happening around them. Additionally, rain and potentially severe storms are in the forecast for this Halloween. Take extra caution when driving or participating in outdoor activities.
· Plan for the weather. Wear waterproof clothing, carry an umbrella, and walk slowly as streets and sidewalks may be slick. If storms are severe, avoid outside activities.
· If there is lightning or thunder, stay indoors. Do not resume outdoor activities for at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.
· If caught outside in lightning, seek shelter immediately. Avoid water, high ground, large open areas, isolated trees, and metal objects. Have a plan for shelter ready before heading outdoors.
· Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups, preferably with trusted adults. Try to stay in familiar neighborhoods, with locations that can be used as shelter if necessary.
· Use a flashlight and attach reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility and help drivers. Always walk and do not run from house to house.
· When driving, especially in residential areas, turn down the radio and drive slowly, as children may unexpectedly dart into the road.
· Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
· Enter homes only with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Do not stop at dark houses, and never accept rides from strangers.
· Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Halloween is a popular time to host and attend parties. Costume contests, games, and carving pumpkins are great ways to get everyone into the Halloween spirit. If hosting or attending a Halloween party, keep some safety tips in mind.
· Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
· Keep candle-lit jack o’ lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
· Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, then have an adult do the carving.
· Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin if it is displayed near dry foliage or other flammable decorations.
For more Halloween and fall safety tips, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov