The excitement of Halloween can sometimes distract adults and children from the fact that there are major safety hazards on this particular night. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you and your family stay safe this Halloween.
S – Swords, knives, hammers and any other costume accessories should be short, flexible and soft
A – Avoid trick or treating by yourself. Always walk with a trusted adult or in groups
F – Fasten reflective tape to bags and costumes
E – Examine All candy for signs of tampering or sharp objects before letting children eat them
H – Hold a flashlight while out trick or treating to stay visible
A – Always test costume makeup in small areas before applying all over. Remove it before going to sleep to prevent skin irritation
L – Look both ways before crossing each street. Cross using crosswalks when possible
L – Lower the risk for eye injury and irritation by not wearing decorative contact lenses for costumes
O – Only walk on sidewalks when possible
W – Wear well-fitting masks, shoes and costumes to prevent trips and falls
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats, rather than homemade treats from strangers
E – Enter homes only of family members or trusted adults.
N – Never walk near candles or other luminaries