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Halloween costume safety

 
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The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the looming monsters or impending cavities – its making sure your child comes home safely. To help ensure a fun and safe holiday, here are a few tips and tricks to making sure your child’s costume is safe.
 
  • Make sure costumes are visible in the dark. You can add reflective tape to costumes, or use a light-colored costume when possible. If the costume has to be black or dark, pair it with a white pillowcase or brightly colored bag for your child to store their treats.
  • Make sure costumes are made of flame-retardant materials. Remember, flame-retardant doesn’t mean fire proof, but it’s a good start. In the case of an emergency remember: stop, drop and roll.
  • Avoid pointy or sharp accessories. While swords and guns may add effect to the costume, having sharp edges or fake weapons can be dangerous and frightening to others. It’s best to leave them at home all together, but if your child’s costume isn’t complete without one, make sure all edges are dull and that it is clearly a toy.
  • Use makeup instead of masks. Masks can restrict breathing and vision, so face paint is a good alternative. Make sure to check the ingredients when you buy, and before the big night, swatch it on a patch of skin first to check for any allergic reaction.

“SAFE HALLOWEEN” is a simple way to remember tips to stay safe this Halloween.
 
S – Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or wear a blinking light to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
 
H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Stay visible to drivers with reflective tape or glow sticks.
A – Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks where possible and walk, don’t run!
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
W – Wear costumes and shoes to avoid blocked visions, trips and falls. Use non-toxic face paint or makeup instead of a mask.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. Those with food allergies, check for peanut free Halloween candy.
E – Enter a home only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes; never stop at a dark house.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
 
Costumes are a great way to celebrate Halloween and get creative. Have a safe, spooky and fun holiday!

Our partnership with the Center for Childhood Safety allows the opportunity to work closely together on injury prevention programs and keeping our children safe. For more information on this topic and resources on a variety of child safety topics, click here.
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