Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween next week, let’s take a moment to evaluate our costume safety and also remind ourselves of candy safety.

Please refresh your minds with the following Halloween Safety tips!

Going trick-or-treating?

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first.  Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks  wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road  facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision,  trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

 

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?

  • Provide healthier treats  for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests,  offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat  time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of  physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas  and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns  and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place  them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children,  and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch  out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone!

Take these simple steps to help your children have a fun – and safe – Halloween

  • Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating.  Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.”
  • To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach.
  • Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.  Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

More Halloween Food Safety Tips!

Information and pictures courtesy of cdc.gov and fda.gov