Health Watch -- Halloween Safety

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Halloween night is when little ghosts and goblins come out to play. Help make sure the night is only scary in a fun way.

We’ve all heard most Halloween safety tips, but it never hurts to have a reminder. Here are some safety suggestions from doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas:

Make sure that costumes don’t impede vision or hamper mobility. You don’t want children tripping over long robes or getting tangled up in a toy sword, and you want to make sure kids can see well enough to avoid obstacles. If a costume is dark, use reflective tape on it so drivers will see your child. Flashlights, glow sticks or other non-flammable light sources can help your child see and be seen. All the usual safety rules should apply, such as crossing the street only at corners and looking both ways before crossing.

It’s safest for children to trick-or-treat in groups, preferably with an adult escort. Don’t go to homes where the porch light is off. It’s safest to just visit the homes of people you know. Have an adult check the treats before children eat them. As an alternative to trick-or-treating, many churches, businesses and schools host Halloween carnivals.

If you’re playing host to trick-or-treaters, don’t use anything with an open flame as a decoration on your front porch, and keep the steps clear of obstacles. Distribute individually wrapped commercial treats. Drivers who are out tonight should remember that children will be out on neighborhood streets, and they may be too excited to remember all the safety rules, so be cautious.