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Halloween Safety Tips

Staff reports

Costumes:

– Face paints, glues and glitters should be made of non-toxic material. Parents should be aware that some children have allergic reactions to these products, such as a rash or itching. If this occurs, remove the makeup immediately and thoroughly clean the skin with mild soap and water.

– Costumes should be flame-resistant and with room enough to allow a child to dress warmly underneath.

– Masks should be easy to see and breathe through.

– Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.

Trick-or-treating:

– An adult should accompany young children, and Halloween visits should be limited to

familiar, local neighborhoods.

– Walkways and lawns should be made safe by removing obstacles and leaving outside lights on.

– Stay away from barking dogs or other upset animals.

– Carry a flashlight after dusk and watch for cars.

– Wear brightly colored costumes that are made of flame-retardant materials. Use reflective tape on costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

Treats:

– Feed children before they go trick-or-treating. Give them a small amount of candy or other food to eat while trick-or-treating, so they won’t be tempted to eat from the bag before their treats can be checked.

– Parents should inspect all treats before they are eaten.

– Eat only those treats in their original, unopened wrappers. Throw away candy if wrappers are faded, have holes or tears, or signs of re-wrapping.

– Throw away all unwrapped candy.

– Check fruits and homemade treats carefully to make sure that foreign objects such as pins, tacks and razor blades are not present.

– Anything that looks suspicious should be thrown away.

Pumpkin carving:

– Children can have fun drawing a face on a pumpkin and scraping out the contents, but an adult should do the carving.

– Jack O’ Lanterns with candles should be watched carefully and be placed where they cannot start a fire.

Source: California Poison Control System


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