Safe Halloween Tips
For a Halloween that's safe, follow these tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Buy costumes, masks, and wigs that are labeled "flame resistant." Keep in mind that these items can still catch fire. Make sure that children are very cautious around jack-o'-lanterns, candles and other lighted flames. To further minimize fire risks, avoid outfits made with flimsy materials and those with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
- Keep visibility in mind when buying or making costumes. Bright fabrics are best. Decorate costumes with reflective tape (available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores) that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape.
- Costumes should be short enough so that children won't trip and fall.
- Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
- Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
- Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than having a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If your child does wear a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
- Children should carry flashlights to easily see and be seen.
- Before kids eat their trick-or-treating bounty, it's important that an adult carefully examine all candy to make sure it has not been tampered with.
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