It’s almost Halloween and you’ve got your costume all sorted out but there may be a few safety concerns you should consider before making that purchase. These steps are here to help you make an informed decision about your family’s health and safety. We don’t want this one night of fun to disturb you long after years to come! Be safe and follow these guidelines.
• Children should wear bright, reflective clothing that is visible to other pedestrians, motorists, and bicycles. You can purchase reflective tape at your local hardware store.
• Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
• Wear costumes that say “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
• If your child’s costume is too long, sew or cut them shorter to avoid any injuries such as tripping.
• Some masks have eye holes that are too small for adequate vision. Take scissors and widen the eye holes to allow for better peripheral vision especially for our little children.
• Carry a flashlight with you while trick or treating with your children. We don’t want you to stumble on something where you could get hurt.
• Don’t wear fashion colored contacts unless you have seen your Optometrists or Ophthalmologist for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses.
• Choose makeup that is hypo-allergenic. You should always test a small area first before applying makeup to your entire face.
• Avoid putting makeup close to your eyes. If the solution is in contact with your eyes, you may feel a little stinging sensation or burn.
• Remove all makeup and objects before heading to bed.
Eating sweet treats is also a big part of Halloween fun. Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? Keep in mind Halloween only come once a year so if your family eats sensibly during the rest of the year, it will have a more lasting impact than a few days of overindulgence. We’ve listed a few tips for you to follow with your children during this time of the year.
• Eat a healthy meal before heading out to avoid the temptation of a treat.
• Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
• In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present.
• Tell children not to accept or eat anything that is not commercially wrapped.
• Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.
• Inspect all treats for signs of tampering. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
Have fun but be safe!