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Halloween Safety Tips

How to keep this year’s Halloween safe and fun

Halloween can be a festive time for children and adults. Scaring people with a creepy mask, fake blood or a prank is certainly in the spirit of things, but frightening someone by having an actual injury should not be part of the holiday.

Some simple precautions can help keep Halloween safe and trauma free:

  • Make sure that no part of your costume gets in the way of walking (according to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury during Halloween).
  • Make sure that costume parts can’t easily catch on other objects.
  • Make sure any materials used for costumes are flame retardant. Remember: Flame retardant doesn’t mean flame proof; you’ll still need to be careful around any open flame.
  • Don’t incorporate sharp or pointy things into your costume (even a fake spear or sword can cause injury).
  • Make sure that your vision is not obstructed. Make sure masks, wigs and other costume parts allow you to see clearly.
  • Only use hypoallergenic makeup (if you tend to have allergic reactions, test the makeup first on another body part, like an arm, a couple of days before you plan to wear it).
  • Avoid getting makeup in your eyes.
  • Don’t go to sleep with makeup on. Follow the package directions for cleaning off makeup before climbing into bed.
  • Keep the packaging and any information that came with your makeup just any case you need to refer back to it.
  • Some parts of costumes may be small enough to be choking hazards, so be careful that younger children don’t have access to these. For trick or treating:
  • Wear clothing that allows you to be easily seen by motorists.
  • Buy reflective tape to make yourself more visible at night.
  • Carry a flashlight, which will help you see your way better, while also making you more visible.
  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult.
  • Don’t allow children to eat treats until they’ve arrived home, where their treats can be inspected carefully by a responsible adult.
  • If you’re unsure whether something has been tampered with, throw it out.
  • Children should never go into a stranger’s house without parental supervision.
  • Some candy and toys may be small enough to be a choking hazards, so be careful that younger children don’t have access to these.

Everyone, especially motorists, should be on the lookout for children who are out trick-or-treating. Be especially careful when backing in or out of driveways.

Taking a little extra care is easy to do and it can make all the difference toward making your Halloween safe and trouble free.

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