How to Stay Safe on Halloween
With Halloween only hours away, here are 10 tips provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on how to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.
- Don’t trick or treat alone: Always travel in groups, which include a parent or trusted adult.
- Use reflective tape: Stick it onto both costumes and bags so drivers can see you once it gets dark out.
- Take a look at all candy and treats before digging in: Make sure your trick-or-treat loot doesn’t contain anything that may be a choking hazard and avoid anything that may have been tampered with, including homemade goodies. Also, limit your candy intake to help avoid a stomachache.
- Use a flashlight: And make sure to walk, not run from house to house.
- Follow the golden rule: Look both ways before crossing the streets, and use crosswalks and sidewalks wherever they are available. If you are on a road with no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road and face traffic.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses: And test any makeup or paint on a small area of the skin the night before dressing up to avoid any possible irritation.
- Don’t enter homes: Unless you are with a trusted adult.
- Keep accessories short, soft and flexible: Also, make sure all costume ideas fit, especially masks and shoes in order to avoid obstructed vision and tripping.
- Wear flame resistant costumes: And steer clear of lit candles and other flames.
- Make stops only at lit homes: And never accept a ride from someone you do not know.