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Halloween Safety Tips

 

The Ohio Department of Health wants to ensure that all Ohioans have a safe and healthy Halloween. Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children and provide a chance to give out healthy snacks and treats, get physical activity and focus on safety.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer great tips for the little ghosts and goblins and their parents. Here are some of those tips for trick-or-treating and advice for a safe and healthy fall holiday:

  • Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible; make sure shoes fit well; fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags

  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating; walk and don’t run from house to house

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone; walk in groups or with a trusted adult

  • Look both ways before crossing the street; use crosswalks and only walk on sidewalks whenever possible

  • Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations; wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps

  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost

  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats; try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins; leave the cutting to the parents, while the children draw on the pumpkins with markers

  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.