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    7 Halloween Safety Tips
    Posted on 10/05/2019
    pumpkinHalloween is an exiting time of year for kids and we can all make sure that children have a safe holiday with the following tips:

    1. Create a costume from fire-retardant materials.  If you are going to purchase a costume, buy one that is flame-resistant.  Make sure that the costume is short enough so that children don’t trip.
    2. Use face paint rather that masks.  Loose-fitting masks with small eyeholes can obstruct a child’s vision.  Secure hats tightly so they don’t slip over your child’s eyes.
    3. Children who are trick or treating after dusk should have reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights with fresh batteries.  Allow them to carry only flexible swords or props to minimize the possibility of injury if they fall.
    4. Dress children in comfortable shoes that fit.  Adult sized shoes can cause blistering or make a child trip and fall.
    5. Small children should never be allowed to carve pumpkins.  Children can draw a face with markers and parents/adults can do the cutting.  Under parents’ supervision, children ages 5 to 10 can carve with pumpkin cutters equipped with safety bars.
    6. To keep your own home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, and lawn decorations.
    7. Homeowners should check outdoor lights and replace burnt out bulbs.  Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.

    Remember that Halloween is for children of all ages…so get involved with your little ghost or goblin!

    These Seven Simple Halloween Safety Tips are brought to you by the American Academy of Pediatrics and your school nurse, Mary Minor, RN. For More safety tips visit the American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween Page.