Safety Agency Issues Halloween Holiday Tips


Monday, October 30th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


WASHINGTON (AP) — The scariest way to end a night of trick-or-treating is with a trip to the emergency room, the government warns.

To keep children safe from Halloween accidents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued safety tips Thursday regarding costumes, treats and decorations:

—Get costumes, masks, beards and wigs made of flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, and avoid costumes made with flimsy materials, big baggy sleeves or skirts that could fall upon open flames from candles or jack-o'-lanterns.

—Make sure costumes and bags are bright and easily visible to motorists; add reflective tape that will glow in a car's headlights and have children carry flashlights.

—Costumes should not drag on the ground, shoes should fit well — no oversized high heels — and accessories such as swords or knives should be made of soft, flexible material.

—Masks and hats should fit well and provide adequate ventilation without obstructing vision.

—Children should not eat any treats before an adult has examined them for evidence of tampering.

—Make sure toys received by young trick-or-treaters are not small enough — and do not have components small enough — to present a choking hazard.

—Keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and the path of trick-or-treaters.

—Make sure lights have been tested for safety; discard damaged sets and don't overload extension cords.

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