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Treat Your Family to a Safe Halloween

The National Safety Council\r\noffers tips to prevent injuries and deaths\r\nassociated with Halloween.

What''s the trick to a safe Halloween? The National Safety Council (NSC) offers the following tips to prevent injuries and deaths associated with Halloween, such as falls, pedestrian/car crashes and other hazards.

Review All Precautions

  • Watch for children on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Children should not trick or treat alone. Ensure adequate adult supervision.
  • Children should stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit.
  • Children should not eat any treat until a parent has inspected it.

Dress Safely

  • Use only fire-retardant materials for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so that kids can wear warmer clothes underneath if necessary.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Costumes, bags and sacks should be made of light-colored materials. Use strips of retro-reflective tape on costumes and bags to make more children visible.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eyeholes. Facial make-up is safer and more colorful.
  • Flashlights help kids see better and be seen more clearly.

Tips for Homeowners

  • Provide adequate outdoor lighting.
  • Keep walkways free of obstructions.
  • Provide alternatives to candy and junk food.
  • Encourage community leaders to provide safe designated trick or treating hours or alternative celebrations.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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