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.
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Purchase bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape to costumes to increase visibility at night.
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Make-up and hats are safer than masks, which can obscure vision.
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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.
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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.
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Improper use of decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye damage, including scratches to the cornea, infection, decreased vision and even blindness.
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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.
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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before consumption.
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Do not let children trick or treat alone. Trick-or-treaters should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
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.