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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.

Costumes:

∫ 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.

Trick-or-treating:

∫ 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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