Safety Tips for a Fun Halloween!
Pomona, NY – Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids of all ages, and the Rockland County Department of Health wants to ensure you have a safe and fun holiday.
"Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for the County's children, but parents and caregivers must be involved to make sure that Halloween is both fun and safe. Trick-or-treaters need adult supervision, even if they travel in groups. Adults should check Halloween treats before children eat them, and make sure that children never eat open or unwrapped treats,” said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest you and your children follow these tips for a fun and safe Halloween:
S Swords, knives, and similar costume extras should be short, soft, and flexible.
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A Always test make-up on a small area first. Remove it before bedtime.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to see clearly and prevent trips and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
E Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Wear flame-resistant costumes.
For more information about Halloween safety, call the Health Department’s Childhood Injury Prevention Program at (845) 364-3865, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/.