Halloween Safety Quiz

 In 2021, Tip of the Week


Halloween safety goes naturally to the SCM family. Laura Gantt, our senior consultant, tells us that when she was a child, her father filed for a patent for a battery powered light for use in carved pumpkins, or “Jack-o’-Lanterns” as he liked to call them. He was concerned with the potential fire danger of lighted candles inside pumpkins.

What other safety issues are there in relation to the holiday? Test yourself by taking the below quiz. The answers will follow the quiz.

1. Your child has been invited to a costume party. You know that there will be at least 20 people there, indoors, in a relatively small room. The alternative is to take your child trick-or-treating. Which is safer and why?

A. The party should be safe. There will be at least one parent there with each child.
B. The party should be safe. You know the hosts, and they are careful people.
C. Trick-or-treating outdoors with a few other children and an adult in attendance should be safer.
D. Trick-or-treating outdoors, wearing COVID-19 face masks and going to a few trusted neighbors’ houses should be safer.
E. A and B are safer.
F. C and D are safer.

2. Decorating for the holidays is so much fun. Choose the safer scenario:

A. Lean an extension ladder against a tree (where the ground is not even), then climb into the tree to hang some cobwebs and a scarecrow.
B. You can’t find the ladder, so grab a chair to stand on while hanging some cobwebs and a scarecrow from a tree.
C. You can’t find the ladder, so stand on a box to climb into the tree to hang the cobwebs and scarecrow.
D. You can’t find the ladder, so decide to set the scarecrow in a chair on the porch and hang the cobwebs over the front window.

3. Halloween costumes are a scream (sorry for the pun). What are some good safety tips for costumes?

A. Dress up like a zombie, using hypoallergenic face paint.
B. Dress up like a firefighter, using reflective tape on the costume.
C. Dress up like a surgeon, wearing a surgical mask.
D. Dress like a mummy, making a two-ply cloth mask part of the costume.
E.  All the above.

4. Your teenaged child wants to walk around with friends after dark on Halloween. What advice are you going to give to your child to keep him/her safe?

A. Wear light-colored clothes. Take a flashlight.
B. Keep your eyes up, not on your electronics while walking.
C. Your child is smart. He/She does not need your advice.
D. Only A and B are correct.
E. All the above are correct.

5. What can you do to prepare your home for trick-or-treaters?

A. Make sure all tripping hazards, like hoses or rakes, are put away.
B. Check outdoor lighting, replace bulbs when or where necessary.
C. Consider controlling your pets to prevent them barking, chasing, and/or scaring children.
D. Consider alternate treats such as stickers, fun-themed pencils, or plastic insects, rather than sweets.
E. All the above.

6. Which of the following statistics about Halloween are true?

A. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by vehicles on Halloween night as any other night.
B. In each year of 2017 – 2019, more than 9,000 fires were reported in a three-day period around Halloween.
C. There are about 4500 emergency room visits each year around Halloween, 41% are attributed to carving pumpkins.
D. On an average, crime rates rise by about 17% on Halloween.
E. Sadly, these are all true.

The National Safety Council has more Halloween safety tips on this webpage: https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/seasonal-safety/autumn-safety/halloween

Halloween safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2019/With-Halloween-on-the-horizon-halt-hazards-with-these-tips

Answers: 

1. F.
2. D.
3. E.
4. D.
5. E.
6. E.

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