October 28, 2013
CONSUMER ADVISORY: Tips for a safe, scare-free Halloween
Boo! It's that time of year when parents and kids are making costumes and treats for school parties and of course, getting ready for trick-or-treat night! The Office of Attorney General offers the following tips to make Halloween a safe, scare-free celebration for all.
Select costumes that are "flame resistant."
Avoid baggy costumes that could hinder a child's ability to see or walk safely.
Fake swords, guns and knives should be avoided because they can still pose a hazard to your child or others.
Place reflective tape on costumes and treat bags to increase visibility for motorists.
Accompany small children to every doorstep.
Encourage older children to trick-or-treat in a group and stay within their neighborhood. If possible, provide a cell phone in case of an emergency.
Carry a flashlight or provide one for each child going in a group.
Always use a sidewalk. Otherwise, walk at the far edge of roadways facing traffic.
Do not use alleys or cut across yards.
Never enter a home or car for a treat.
Discourage children from eating candy until each piece has been inspected.
Discard opened candy or treats.
Examine toys and novelty items for choking hazards for small children.