Tips for a Safe Halloween

Dressing as their favorite characters and loading up on candy makes trick-or-treating a fun and memorable event for youngsters. Read these tips to help protect your little ghosts and goblins as they go door to door in search of confectionary treasure.

Accessorize smartly. 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.

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

Test skin. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Be selective. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

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

With these tips, your kids will have no trouble staying safe while trick-or-treating. Have a Happy Halloween!

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