Halloween safety tips for 2016

Halloween is a whimsical time of year, filled with candy, parties, things that glow and say “boo.”

In all the fun, it’s important to stay safe. We’ve gathered this list of Halloween safety tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


S Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.


H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats by strangers.

E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.


Image courtesy of CDC

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