Keeping Halloween safe more difficult

Keeping Halloween safe for children has become more difficult over the years, according to a consumer product advocate.

"Trick-or-treat is a cherished tradition; yet, in recent years a few people have taken some of the innocence out of it by poisoning and putting needles and other objects in the candy. In addition, when children are out and about the neighborhood at night, the chances for accidents increase," said Nancy Harvey Steorts, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Steorts suggests the following Halloween safety tips:

  • Make sure that all costumes are flame resistant.
  • Choose costumes that are light and bright enough to be visible to motorists.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping.
  • Decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in car headlights.
  • Stay in your neighborhood and go to the houses of people you know.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Know which friends your children are with and which route they are taking.
  • Don't let children eat any candy until they are home and the treats are examined.
  • Children should carry a flashlight. They also should have a cell phone or enough change to call home from a public phone.
  • Make sure young children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager.

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