Halloween Safety Tips: Keeping Your Children Safe This Halloween
Halloween is an exciting time for children and their families. As your kids get ready to hit the neighborhoods tonight in search of candy, make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure their Halloween festivities are safe and without injury.
Halloween Costume Safety
Whether your child is dressing as a princess, a Paw Patrol pup, or a pirate, there are steps that you should take to ensure that your child’s costume will not harm them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends the following:
Check that the costume is made of flame resistant materials, such as nylon and polyester.
Make sure your child is visible. Many Halloween costumes com in dark colors, so consider adding a strip of reflective material so motorists can spot your child more easily.
Avoid decorative contact lenses. Non-prescriptive lenses are not FDA approved and can pose a danger, especially to children.
Make sure any makeup is safe, or consider abandoning it all together to avoid the risk of hazardous materials like lead and cadmium. Before applying any makeup to you child, apply a small portion to their arm to make sure they are not allergic.
Remind your kids to take breathers. Wearing a mask on a hot costume for to long can cause discomfort and may make it difficult for your child to breathe. Have your child take breaks and remove their masks occasionally.
Watch for tripping hazards. Long costumes and masks can increase your child’s risk of tripping. Remind them to be cautious and to watch for potential tripping hazards.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety
Once your child’s costume is determined to be safe, you are ready to head out for a night of trick-or-treating. The Texas Department of Public Safety advises parents to do the following:
Have your child travel in a group under adult supervision.
Do not enter homes or vehicles of strangers along the route. Have your child avoid homes with their porch light off.
Remind your child to walk, not run, from house to house.
After trick-or-treating is over, check your child’s candy thoroughly before allowing them to eat it. Discard any candy with broken or open wrappers.
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