16 ways to prevent Halloween boo boos

  • Costumes should be well-fitted and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.
  • Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes and obstructing vision.
  • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made ofsoft, flexible material.
  • Treats

    • 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.

    Decorations

    • 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

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