Halloween safety tips for children and pets


by CDC and LMAS


Posted on October 31, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:20 PM

Halloween safety tips from the CDC - remember the  SAFE HALLOWEEN:

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run
from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Halloween safety tips for pets:

1. Dress-up is only for some pets. Please do not put your dog or cat through unwanted stress if they do not want to participate in this pastime. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure the costume is not flammable or will not get caught on something.  Make sure the costume does not have something they may want to rip off and could potentially choke on. 

2. Make sure your pet does not get a hold of any treats, especially chocolate.  If you do suspect your pet has gotten into something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

3. Be mindful of your decorations.  Keep any wires or cords out of reach from your pets.  If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. Don’t forget about lit candles.  Pets can knock them over or get burned.

5. Keep pets in a safe environment during trick or treating or partying hours.  Even if your pet is very friendly, many people can be scared of pets.  Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.  Keep pets inside in an area where they cannot reach an open door. 

6. Tags, licenses and microchips are an animal’s ticket home. Licensing your pet equals a ride home.  If Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) officers find a licensed dog or cat on the street, then they can identify the animal and improve the chance of reuniting a pet with its owner instead of bringing it into the shelter.  An ID tag with your pet’s name, your name and contact information is extremely important if they manage to get away from you.  Lastly, microchips work wonders for lost pets.  Visit your local veterinarian or LMAS’s Manslick location (3705 Manslick Road) or the Kentucky Humane Society’s Main Campus (241 Steedly Drive) to obtain a microchip for your pet.

7. Help an animal find its way back home.  Anyone finding a lost animal can call the LMAS dispatch number at (502) 363-6609.