Tonight is Halloween, but all of the spooks, ghouls and goblins don’t have to turn Halloween into a safety nightmare.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers some some simple safety tips to help ensure your kids have a S.A.F.E. H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N.
S – Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before you eat them.
H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others to see you.
A – Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street.
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or 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 and avoid eating homemake treats made by strangers.
E – Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries and be sure to wear flame resistant costumes.
Have a fun and safe Halloween with your little ghosts and goblins!
(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.