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Halloween Safety TipsTonight 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.

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Have a fun and safe Halloween with your little ghosts and goblins!

(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison

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