Keep Your Little Ghosts and Goblins Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just a few weeks away! Have you gotten your costumes? This is such a fun time of year, and to help ensure your kids have a safe holiday, please check out the tips below recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CHOC Children’s.
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

• Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.

• If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it’s not sharp or too long.

• Obtain flashlights with new batteries for all children and their escorts.

• Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

• To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

• If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

• Never cut across yards, use alleys, or cross between parked cars.

• Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. An adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

For more Halloween safety tips, please click here:
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/octhalloween.cfm

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