A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although
this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish
quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition,
avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
* 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 should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually
available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
* To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
* Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
* Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother' s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
* Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
* Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure
vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
* Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should
WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned
against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign
* Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
* People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit
jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns
should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
For further information on product safety, consumers may call the U.S . Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline
on (800) 638-2772. Hearing impaired consumers may use TTY (800) 638-8270.