This Halloween, say "boo" to unsafe conditions. When the grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize, take precautions to make this Halloween not a night of fright but of safe delight.
TRIP OR TREAT? Make sure your child's costume isn't to long that it is a tripping hazard. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween, so select a flame-retardant costume that fits well and consider adding reflective tape or striping for enhanced visibility.
HEALTHY HALLOWEEN: Before allowing a child to eat Halloween candy, inspect it!!!! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests that adults should inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers and throw away anything that looks suspicious. Instruct your child not to eat any candy until you've inspected it together.
HAPPY HAUNTS: When trick-or-treating, teach your kids to only travel in familiar areas along an established route and to stop only at well-lit houses or apartments. Before going out, designate a meeting location and time, and make sure you have a way to communicate with your child.
Happy Halloween...Dr Lee