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Halloween Safety Tips

Monday, October 31, 2016

Before you head out trick-or-treating tonight, make sure you read these tips* to ensure a healthy and safe Halloween!

Food Safety

  • Have a snack before you go trick-or-treating.  This will help curb your appetite to prevent eating your candy before you get home.
  • Always inspect your candy to make sure it is commercially wrapped or that is hasn’t been opened.
  • Avoid eating any homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Check the candy to make sure it won’t interact with any food allergies.

Costume Safety

  • If using make-up, test a small area of the skin first to make sure your skin isn’t irritated.
  • Remove any make-up or face paint before you go to bed.
  • Use reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • If using props such as swords or knives, make sure they are short, soft and flexible.
  • Make sure your costume is short enough to prevent tripping.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone.  Go with a group of friends or family!
  • Approach only well-let houses and ones which the residents are known
  • Bring a flashlight with you
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Only walk on sidewalks to avoid traffic and look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be careful walking up and down stairs to make sure you don’t trip on your costume.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

*Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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