Simple steps for an extra safe Halloween

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The National Safety Council and U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer these tips to help make Halloween a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

Costume safety

Choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

● All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant

● If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks

● Opt for nontoxic Halloween makeup over masks, which can obscure vision; always test makeup in a small area first to see if any irritation develops

● Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When they’re on the prowl

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Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these incidents.

Tips for when your children are out:

● A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds

● If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you

● Agree on a specific time children should return

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