Have a Safe Halloween
Shop for costumes, wigs and accessories with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. Swords, knives, and other accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Use flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. Ration treats for several days following Halloween.
Have alternative treats available, such as stickers, gift certificates and coloring books. Avoid small toys that may be a choking hazard.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
Lower the risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only go to homes with porch lights on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Walk on sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Eat a good meal before attending parties or trick-or-treating to reduce the temptation to over eat.
Eyeholes in masks should be large enough to allow for full vision: forward, sideways, up and down. You may have to cut larger holes to accommodate your vision.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
Adopted from www.cdc.gov and the American Academy of Pediatrics.