For kids Halloween is all about the fun, but for mom and dad there are a lot of safety concerns to think about too. It’s dark, sketchy neighbors, over heating (in FL anyway) and more. Let’s not forget that we have to make sure we “taste test” out fav candies to make sure they are safe (wink-wink).
The CDC offers this list of Halloween Safety Tips:
|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.|
Another tip I want to share is for the homeowners – make sure your walk-way is well lite – luminaries, flood lights, whatever. Just make sure the tricker or treaters can see their way up your path. No mom wants to have to deal with a skinned knee in the middle of the merriment.
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