Halloween safety tips

Posted on October 29, 2010


For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to go out and do many activities involving the community and families. Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe from our partners at the CDC.

 Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. 

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.

 Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Visit the web site http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/ to learn more about how to keep safe this weekend.