Public Health offers Halloween safety tips
FONDA — The following is for the Montgomery County Public Health Department, 20 Park St., according to a news release.
Halloween can be a lot of fun. However, the witches and goblins prowling the neighborhood can turn scary with the potential for trick-or-treaters to be injured from falls, burns or to be hit by cars. The MCPH urges everyone to follow these safety tips for Halloween and help to keep children safe.
∫ The masks should have eye and nose holes cut large enough to ensure that visibility and breathing are not hindered. Non-toxic face paint and make-up are alternatives to wearing a mask.
∫ All hats, wigs and beards should fit securely.
∫ Look for costumes with flame-resistant labels, and avoid those made out of flimsy materials or baggy fabric — they are more likely to be exposed to a flame or candle than tighter-fitting costumes.
∫ The costumes should be short enough to prevent trick-or-treaters from tripping.
∫ Look for costumes that are light or bright, making it easier for motorists to see trick-or-treaters at dusk or in the dark.
∫ The costumes and treat bags can be trimmed with reflective tape that will glow in a car’s headlight.
∫ The trick-or-treaters should use flashlights to see and be seen in the dark.
∫ The children should not run across lawns where tripping dangers may lurk.
∫ The children should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
∫ Keep candlelit jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes might come into contact with the flame.
∫ The battery-operated lights and candles are a safe alternative to a candle. Be sure that food items and toys are appropriate for children.
The traffic-related injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospital visits. The children should use caution when crossing the road.
A reminder for all to:
∫ Obey all traffic signs and signals.
∫ Stop — look left, right and left again.
∫ Always cross at a crosswalk or corner.
∫ Never run into the street even when being chased by a ghost.
∫ Walk on the sidewalk. If there isn’t one, walk facing traffic.
∫ Use reflective tape to add pizzazz to costumes and help motorists see children.
For more information go to: The Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/index.htm.