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Halloween Safety Tips

Treat your kids to a safe Halloween

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Dressing as their favorite characters and loading up on candy make trick-or-treating a fun and memorable event for youngsters. Be sure it’s a safe activity as well.

Here are some tips, provided by the Center for Disease Control, to help protect your little ghosts and goblins as they go door to door in search of confectionary treasure.

  • Make sure costume accessories – swords, knives, etc. – are short, soft, and flexible to prevent injury to the child as well as those around him or her.

  • Make sure costumes are flame-resistant, and keep youngsters away from lit candles or luminaries.

  • Before applying make-up for a costume, test it on a small patch of skin first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

  • Remind your little ones to look both ways before crossing the street, and to use established crosswalks wherever possible.

  • Have children trick-or-treat in groups with a trusted adult.

  • Provide flashlights to increase visibility and keep children from tripping over items in the dark.

  • Apply reflective tape to their costumes and bags so children are more visible to motorists.

  • Before allowing your child to eat their treats, examine all items for choking hazards and tampering.

  • Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

  • Never allow children to enter homes, unless they are with a trusted adult.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.