· Masks, beards, wigs and costumes should have a flame-resistant label.
· Use non-toxic make-up if you can. If you choose to wear a mask, hat or scarf, etc., it should fit properly and not obstruct vision or restrict breathing.
· Use reflective tape on costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
· Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes.
· Keep costumes short enough to prevent trips and falls.
· Swords, knives, wands, etc. should be short, soft and flexible to prevent injury.
· Parents should examine all candy before eating.
· Throw away anything that is unwrapped, has torn packaging or looks questionable.
· Wash and cut all fruit before eating.
· Don’t eat anything homemade unless you know the cook very well.
· Call the police regarding any suspicious treats.
· Have a responsible adult or older responsible child accompany young children.
· Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to see and be seen.
· Don’t forget your cell phone to call 911 in case of an emergency or to report suspicious/unlawful activities.
· Don’t run between parked cars or across lawns. Use sidewalks.
· If no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.
· Only go to houses that have outside lights on in your own neighborhood.
· Do not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
· Stay together. Older kids trick-or-treating without a parent should walk in groups.
YOUR OWN HOUSE SAFETY
· Turn your porch light on so children know its okay to visit your home.
· Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches. Keep jack-o’-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps and away from costumes.
· Inside, keep lit pumpkins away from curtains, decorations and furnishings.
· Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended.
· Let young children use markers on pumpkins. Or invest in a pumpkin cutter equipped with safety bars.
· Control your pets. Keep them in a safe place during Trick-or-Treat hours to prevent lost pets or children getting jumped on or bitten at the door.
HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!
Halloween safety tips borrowed from:
The American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org, the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the Mayo Clinic at www.mayoclinic.com and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.