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.


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