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Halloween safety tips

With little ghosts and goblins heading out tomorrow night to prowl for treats here are a few tips on making sure the evening is safe and fun. It’s from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Costumes should be bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping. The number one cause of Halloween injuries each year is from kids falling. Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. The best hats should fit properly so they don't slide over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant allergic reactions Halloween night. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if they stumble or trip. Here’s another Halloween costume tip- do not use decorative contact lenses. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Halloween can also cause problems for kids with food allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to read all food ingredient labels on treats. Popular Halloween candy can contain some of the most common food allergens including milk, soy, peanuts, eggs and wheat.  Here’s one that many parents may not think of - Jack O’ Lantern Safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics says small children should never carve pumpkins. Better for children to draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. Also, consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest since they are secured inside a small candle holder. If candlelit pumpkins are used, they should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween. 

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