Consumer Alerts: Halloween Safety Tips

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For many people, Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes and go door to door with children.  But it is also about safety.

Below are tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) designed to help keep the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

· Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

· Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

· Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

· Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats which are eaten.

· Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating so you can see and others can see you. Please walk, don't run from house to house.

· Always test make-up in a small area first. Then, remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

· Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

· Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

· Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

· Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

· Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

· Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult and never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.