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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

October 30, 2009

Have a good time this Halloween by following these trick-or-treat safety tips and healthy reminders.

  1. Give kids a meal before they go out. Hunger can make kids consume a larger amount candy. Having a meal first will also lessen the temptation to eat treats before they get home.
  2. An adult should always accompany trick-or-treaters.
  3. Costumes should be flame retardant.
  4. Costumes and masks should not block vision.
  5. Costumes should be short enough for safe walking, shoes should fit and be tied tightly to prevent falls.
  6. Use reflective tape on costumes, candy bags and accessories or carry a flashlight.
  7. Passengers should exit a car on the curbside.
  8. Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street.
  9. Cross streets only at an intersection, being careful to look left, look right and then left again before crossing.
  10. Don't cut across yards, staying on walkways can prevent tripping on objects that may be hidden in the dark.
  11. Don't enter a stranger's home or car. Stay in groups.
  12. Don't eat any treats until an adult has inspected them.
  13. Remember: when in doubt, throw it out.
  14. Download this scramble game for a fun review of ways to keep it safe on Halloween.
For good health, balance holiday snacks and treats with a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables every day; brushing your teeth and flossing regularly will help prevent tooth decay.

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