|Let's Have Fun … But Stay Safe!
For those of us with children, safety is the number one consideration as they go out trick-or-treating this month. But it's not on their minds, so it's your job to protect them, which these days, basically means accompanying toddlers and youngsters, and ensuring teens go out in groups of three or more. With young teens, it's even an idea for parents to accompany them and discreetly remain out of sight, like in the car.
Here are more health and safety tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.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 to stay safe.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.N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.