10 Halloween Safety Tips to Share with Patients

  • Do not let children trick or treat alone. Trick-or-treaters should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

  • Keep jack o lanterns away from landings and doorsteps, where they can set trailing costumes on fire. Make sure costumes are made of fire-retardant materials. Look for “flame resistant” on the label or use flame resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon to make costumes.

  • Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

  • Purchase bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape to costumes to increase visibility at night.

  • Ill-fitting costumes can raise the likelihood of tripping and sustaining an injury. Make sure costumes aren’t so long that they pose a risk.

  • Make-up and hats are safer than masks, which can obscure vision.

  • Test makeup on the arm in the days preceding Halloween to rule out the possibility of rash, redness, swelling or other signs of irritation that may indicate allergies.

  • Improper use of decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye damage, including scratches to the cornea, infection, decreased vision and even blindness.

  • Halloween contact lenses pose injury risk

    Halloween contact lenses pose injury risk

    Advise patients against wearing decorative contact lenses without seeing an eye care professional, getting a proper lens fitting and following instructions for using the lenses.

  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before consumption.

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Halloween can be spooky, but parents won't have to worry about the well-being of their kids with these trusted tips from the CDC.

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