Halloween Safety Tips

October 27, 2013  |  

We’re all familiar with old Halloween stories about razor blades in apples. In the back of our minds we still wonder if they’re true (for the most part, they’re not). But that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t guard your little goblins. Plan ahead to give you and your family the best chance at safety this Halloween.

When it comes to trick or treating:

  • Know where the candy is coming from.
  • Go only to the houses with the lights on.
  • Stay in your home neighborhood, and go with them. Or accompany them wherever they are going.
  • When the kids get home, have them dump the candy all over the table, and look it over. Throw out anything with ripped or missing wrappers.
  • Don’t let your kids munch on candy or treats during trick or treating. That way you can regulate how much candy your children are eating in one night.
  • Anything homemade, unless you know exactly who made it, gets thrown away.

About the costumes:

  • Many children’s face paints can irritate sensitive skin due to lead and nickel content. There are currently no regulations for how much lead, nickel and other chemicals can be in cosmetics. To be sure the makeup won’t result in a nasty rash, test it on the inside of your child’s arm before the big night.
  • Be sure your child’s mask lets him use his peripheral vision.
  • Work reflectors onto the costume so that drivers can see your little ghouls as they cross dark streets. Make sure every two child is equipped with a flashlight.
  • Look for flame-retardant costumes. If you’re making yours at home, opt for nylon and polyester, fabrics that are already flame resistant.

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