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October Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year for children. Check out our tips to help keep your little ones safe.
Dressing Up
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
• Make sure costumes fit properly, and ensure swords/wands/canes are short and flexible.
• Only buy costumes labeled as flame-retardant.
• Add reflective tape to costumes or treat bags.
• Ensure hats and beards don’t cover children’s eyes, noses or mouths.
• Forgo masks and use face paint instead.
Pumpkin Carving
• Only adults should use knives. Have children draw on pumpkins with markers and adults carve.
• Use a glow stick or flameless candle instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns.
Trick or Treating
• Children under 12 should not trick or treat unsupervised.
• Teach children what to do in an emergency and how to call 911.
• Always cross the streets at corners and use traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Look twice before crossing the street.
• Trick or treat with a group.
• If older children are going alone: plan and review their route. Set a specific time for them to return home.
• Give each child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
• Stay on properly-lit streets in neighborhoods that you know well.
• Inspect all candy for any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items before giving to children.
• Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.

Driving
Drive slowly and be alert.
• Take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians, curbs, etc.
• Do not drive distracted.

Resources
https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/index.htm
https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/halloween.html