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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Safety
  It’s that time of year again! Now is when many children celebrate Halloween or a variation there of, depending on where you live. Whether your kids go trick-or-treating or not, the following suggestions are good to follow. Keep in mind, a cool, quick costume can be their martial arts uniform, but be cautious of any weapons they may want to carry with them, so no one gets poked or hurt. For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, be physically active, and focus on safety.

Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests:

 Going trick-or-treating? Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

 Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. Look both ways before crossing the
street. Use established crosswalks
wherever possible.
 Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips,
and falls.
 Eat only factory-wrapped treats.
Avoid eating homemade treats made
by strangers.
 Enter homes only if you’re with a
trusted adult.
 Never walk near candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. 
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