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Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 30, 2019

As you’re preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for a safe holiday!

•  Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
•  Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
•  Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly so they don’t slide over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
•  When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
•  If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
•  Halloween can be tricky for children with food allergies. It’s important that parents closely examine Halloween candy to avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction.
•  A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
•  Have flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
•  If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
•  Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween this year!

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