2013-10-11 / Community Events

Halloween safety

By Richard W. Rudolph
Installation Safety Office

Halloween is a fun time for children and adults. This fun includes dressing up, candy, and parties. To have fun and to ensure it’s done in a smart way, people can follow these simple steps when out trick or treating, or at a party. Nothing ruins an evening of fun like an accident, so play it safe and remember to have a safe Halloween.

For more safe tips, visit www.cdc. gov/ fami ly/ halloween.

Stay safe when using swords, knives, and similar costumeS accessories. Make sure they are short, soft, and flexible.
AvoidA trick-or-treating alone; always walk in groups or with
a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape toF costumes and trick-or-treat bags to
help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tamperingE before eating them. Have an adult also check them. Limit
the amount of treats eaten.
flashlight or chem-lite while trick-or-treating to helpH Hold a
see in the dark and allow others to see you. Always walk
and don’t run from house to house. Stay on the sidewalk
whenever possible.
A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it after
use to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L Look both ways twice before crossing the street. Use established
crosswalks wherever possible.
L Lower the risk of serious eye injury by not wearing decorative
contact lenses or items such as patches that could hinder
a person’s vision.
O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If sidewalks
aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the road facing
traffic.
W
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid
blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade
treats made by strangers.
E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Never enter
a home by yourself.
or Jack-o-Lanterns.N Never walk near lit candles, luminaries
Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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