Halloween Safety Tips

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Consider safety at every step of planning, including the costumes. Make sure that swords, knives and other accessories are short, flexible and soft.
Children should never go trick-or-treating alone. Instead, they should go with a parent or trusted adult or in groups.
To keep kids safe in the dark, add reflective tape to costumes and candy containers.
Be sure to examine all treats before letting your child eat them. If you can’t trust or don’t know where homemade treats came from, throw them away. Look for any potential choking hazards as well.
Some makeup can cause allergic reactions, so be sure to test makeup in a small area first. After the festivities, carefully remove all makeup to prevent any skin and eye irritation.
Masks, costumes and shoes should be well-fitting in order to keep vision clear and avoid trips and falls.
Be sure to talk to your children about safety before going out. Remind them not to enter the homes of strangers and to only enter the homes if they are with a trusted adult. Also remind them to not stop at dark houses and to never accept rides from strangers.

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