Check out these 10 easy tips from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that can help your loved ones stay safe this Halloween:

  1. Wear costumes that say “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  4. Test the makeup you plan to use in advance. Put a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.
  5. Don’t let your kids wear decorative colored contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional for a proper fitting and been given instructions for how to use the lenses.
  6. Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. If your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.
  7. Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home (candy should be free of razor blades and hypodermic needles).
  8. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.
  9. In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  10. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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