Tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

It's time to get the kiddos all dressed up and take them out for some Halloween fun.

But, there are a few things you should consider to keep your family safe this season.

Kentucky One Health shared the following tips:

Halloween safety trick-or-treat

Trick-or-Treating

Place reflective tape on your children’s costumes to help make it easier for drivers to see them. Kids also may enjoy holding flashlights or wearing glow sticks, which serve a dual purpose in making them more visible. Children 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating.

Before candy is eaten, check your child’s Halloween bag for any harmful pieces. Examine each piece to ensure it is wrapped and sealed, and doesn’t appear to be tampered with. For children with food allergies, check the ingredients of all candy they receive. In the United States, 1 in 13 children have a food allergy, and many candies contain common allergens like nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat.

Pumpkin Carving

While it can be fun to carve a jack-o-lantern, using a sharp knife is not safe for small children. Pumpkin carving can lead to severe lacerations and hand injuries. Parents can prevent these injuries by providing kid-friendly, alternative decorating options like paints, stickers and markers.

For older children and adults who are able to carve a jack-o-lantern, purchase a pumpkin carving knife made specifically for the task. When carving, always cut away from your body in small, controlled strokes. If younger children want to be involved, offer them the task of removing the pulp with their hands, rather than cutting. Once the jack-o-lantern is finished, consider using a flameless candle inside of it to avoid burns or fires.

Costume Safety

Parents should also use caution when selecting Halloween costumes for kids. Ensure that the costume fits properly so it doesn’t drag and cause the child to trip or brush into a lit jack-o-lantern or luminary. When purchasing a costume, always check the tag to ensure it is made using flame-retardant material. Avoid masks, hats and hoods, which can obstruct a child’s vision, and remove your child’s Halloween makeup before they go to bed to help prevent eye and skin irritation.

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