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What are some tips for Halloween safety?

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Tips for Halloween safety include traveling with others, wearing reflective tape during evening hours, using costumes that are flame-resistant, consuming factory-wrapped candies rather than ones that are homemade, and carrying only soft and flexible imitation weaponry. Young children should be accompanied by an adult whenever possible, wear face paint rather than masks that may obstruct vision, and have costumes that are appropriately sized to avoid falls. They should also check streets carefully before crossing.

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When enjoying Halloween, the best practice is to see and be seen. Crossing intersections as a pedestrian or a driver carries added responsibility during holidays. Making eye contact with others, carrying a flashlight and wearing reflective or flashing items decrease the chances of an accident. Always try to use sidewalks, and abide by the traffic signals. Stick to familiar, well-lit areas. Teach children to enter houses only when accompanied by a trusted and responsible adult.

Masks and loose-fitting costumes can lead to slips, falls and other mishaps; wear outfits that are properly sized and allow adequate visibility. If you choose face paint or makeup as an alternative to a mask, test it on a small area to ensure that you have no allergic reaction. Make sure to wash off any facial decorations prior to bed to avoid skin irritation. Examine all treats thoroughly prior to consumption. Prefer treats that are in their original factory wrapping over homemade items.

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