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Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on October 13 2014

Trick-or-treating can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Following a few simple safety tips can ensure a safe evening for children and adults alike.   If you're handing out candy or having a party: - Choose healthier, low calorie food, drink, and snack options - Clear walkways and stairwells of potential hazards - Keep the home and front walk well lit - Be mindful of trick-or-treaters on roadways   If you're taking the kids out: - Travel in groups with other parents/children - Stay on sidewalks or the side of the road between houses - Steer clear of poorly lit homes - Be wary of unfamiliar strangers - Check candies and treats for safety - Mind the quantities and types of treats children consume - Bring a flashlight - Mind Traffic   Costumes and masks: - Ensure costume swords, knives, etc are small and flexible - Secure any costume elements that flap or drag to prevent catching/falling - Choose well sized masks and costumes that don't impair visibility - Avoid using colored contact lenses that obscure vision - Test makeup in small amounts and wash off before bed   These guidelines should help to ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience for parents and children on Halloween. As with any other activities, be mindful of your surroundings and use your best judgment.

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