Halloween Safety Tips
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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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