Make Halloween a Safe and Fun Event

October 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Here are a few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to help protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Treats

  • Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
  • All children should walk, not run from house to house, and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street.
  • Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.

Wear Flame Resistant Costumes

  • Look for the label Flame Resistant on masks, beards, wigs, etc. While the label doesn’t mean these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate they will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
  • Avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and that have big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.

Costume Design

  • Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
  • Decorate costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights.
  • Opt for cosmetics to avoid loose-fitting masks that might restrict breathing or obscure vision.
  • Costume accessories, such as knives and swords, should be made of soft and flexible materials.

Choose Safe Houses

  • Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
  • Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Entry filed under: Safety, To Your Health.

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