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Here are a few additional SAFETY TIPS to consider:


Protect Your Family by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

Halloween Safety

carving pumpkins and injuries resulting from trips/falls while walking, particularly after dark.

At the end of the month, children everywhere will be hollering “TRICK or TREAT!” In preparation, both kids and their parents will be looking for that perfect costume to wear while collecting and looking forward to their favorite treats. As parents and caregivers anticipate this holiday, we would like to remind you to keep safety in mind so that no child is haunted by Halloween-related injuries. Many of the hidden dangers associated with costumes, treats and decorations can be easily prevented.

A CPSC spokesman said, “Our major concern is still the use of home-made costumes that are not flame resistant.” Parents making their children’s costumes should use inherently flame-resistant fabrics, such as nylon and polyester. Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

Each year the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the most serious Halloween-related injuries involve burns from flammable costumes and decorations, including ignition from open flames, such as candles and Jack O’ Lanterns. Other incidents have involved lacerations from


• When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label “Flame Resistant.”


• Avoid costumes made with flimsy materials, big, baggy sleeves, or billowing skirts that may come into contact with candles and other fire sources.

• Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts that could separate and present a choking hazard.

• For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks also should be light-colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores. • Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen. • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea. • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.

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• Always supervise pumpkin carvings to avoid lacerations. • Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters. • Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. We hope that you observe these safety tips and protect your family.

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• Warn children not to eat any treats until an adult has examined them for evidence of tampering.

DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.

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• Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible materials.

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