Children’s Aid Wants You To Be Safe This Halloween

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You might see ghosts and you might see goblins but these scary costumes may not be the only thing causing a fright this Halloween. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of deaths among child pedestrians ages 5 to 14 is four times as many on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year. At The Children’s Aid Society we want all children and their families to be extra cautious this Halloween. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released “Lucky 13” Tips for a Safe Halloween with important information on the risks and how to stay safe this weekend.

For a Safe and Fun Halloween, remember:

  1. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  2. Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  3. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  4. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  5. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  6. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if additives in your makeup are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.
  7. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.
  8. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.