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Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

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If you think about it, trick-or-treating is a life lesson.  Laugh if you want, but it’s true. Think back to when you were a kid. I bet you and your friends did exactly what my friends and I did. We set out a game plan, drew up maps, carried walkie talkies and hit the streets running. Trick-or-Treating is a lesson in goal-setting, planning, and tactical execution.The kid with the most candy in his pillowcase at the end of the night is the top dog. Very similar to life, huh?

But before you send your little ghosts and goblins out tonight, there are a few things you need to know to make sure they’re safe.  The CDC has an awesome way to remember everything you need to know and it spells out SAFE HALLOWEEN:

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 eating them.

H- hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A- always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime.
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. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E- enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Don’t stop at dark houses.
N- never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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