A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween
From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike. But it can pose dangers to young revelers.
To help make this year's festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:
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- Choose a light-colored costume or add glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume so your kids can be easily seen.
- Don't buy a costume unless it's labeled "flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn.
- Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
- Don't let your children wear masks — they can make it difficult for kids to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger children draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves.
- Put a name tag — with your phone number — on your children's costumes.
- Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip.
- Avoid long or baggy skirts, pants, or shirtsleeves that could catch on something and cause falls.
- Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are flexible.
- Don't let kids handle knives. Have them draw their designs on the face of the pumpkin with a black marker — then you do the carving. And make sure you're using a sharp knife or a mini-saw that's pointed away from your body.
- Keep kids at a safe distance while you're carving the pumpkin so that they don't distract you or get in the way of sharp objects.
- Remove pumpkin guts safely. If your children beg to remove the guts of the pumpkin — as many kids do — don't hand over a knife to do it. Instead, let your little ones get messy by scooping out pumpkin flesh with their hands or an ice cream scoop.
- Clean up your mess. Pumpkin flesh is slippery and can cause falls and injuries when dropped on the floor. Layer newspaper or old cloths under your carving workspace and clean up spills right away so no one slips or trips.
- Skip the candles. A burning candle in a pumpkin may become a blazing fire if left unattended. Instead, use a glow stick (available in many colors) or flameless candle to safely illuminate your jack-o'-lantern.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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