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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

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As Halloween night quickly approaches, it is important for parents to teach their children safety to ensure a memorable adventure free of any catastrophes. The Centers for Disease Control have a useful mnemonic device to help parents and children remember Halloween safety tips:

S words, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, flexible, and soft.

A void trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with an adult.

F asten reflective tape on costumes and trick-or-treat bags to help drivers see you.

E xamine all treats before consuming. Check for choking hazards for young children, or signs of tampering.

H old a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help others see you.

A lways test face makeup on a small patch of skin before putting it all over your face. Also, remove all makeup from Halloween night before bedtime to avoid irritation to the skin and eyes.

L ook both ways before crossing the street while trick-or-treating.

L ower your risk of serious eye injury by not wearing cosmetic contact lenses.

O nly walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the street facing traffic (if there is no sidewalk).

W ear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid trips and falls.

E at only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the person who made them very well.

E nter homes of trusted adults only. Otherwise, stay outside.

N ever walk near lit candles or luminaries. Wear flame resistant costumes.

Remember these safety tips and have a Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday, here’s a spooky video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny33f3mSjHs