- Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.
- Carefully examine any toy or novelty items received by trick-or- treaters under three years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts or components that could separate during use and present a choking hazard.
- Keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
- Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick- or-treaters.
- Indoors, keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited.
- Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
- Don't overload extension cords.
CPSC Press Release # 01-019, October 2000