Happy Halloween! A safe holiday is a happy one, and all it takes is a few simple precautions. Here are some key tips from the Food and Drug Administration and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to help ensure a fun and safe Halloween for everyone.
- Wear bright, reflective costumes or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
- Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
- Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision. If a mask is used, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
- Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.
- Swords and knives should be made of soft and flexible material.
- Children should carry flashlights so they can see and be easily seen.
- Apply a mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision.
- Check the FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use them.
- Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.
- Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
- Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
- Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
- Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
- Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
- Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
- Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
For more Halloween safety tips, visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration.
Have fun and be safe!