Halloween is such a fun time for both children and families! Dressing up, trick-or-treating and getting scrumptious treats is the highlight of the season. Halloween and the activities that usually surround it also present opportunities to keep in mind safety and health tips. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Family Health reminds us to keep these things in mind while enjoying the festivities:
- When trick or treating in the neighborhood, go with a group that includes friends and family.
- Be sure the costume is made of flame-retardant materials.
- Your costume/your child’s costume should fit well and not block your vision or cause you to stumble or fall.
- Use reflective tape or some other material that reflects lights from passing vehicles to help drivers see you in the dark.
- Take a flashlight along when you trick or treat. This will help you see where you are going!
- At street crossings, look both ways for oncoming vehicles and cross when it is safe to do so.
- Visit only well-lit houses and those that you know who lives there.
- Inspect your treats before eating them. Check for non-edible objects and materials. Only accept and eat factory-wrapped treats, not homemade items.
What are you dressing or your kids dressing up as? Have a fun and safe Halloween this year!
Author: Leslie Crandall, Extension Educator | The Learning Child
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