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.
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